It has been eight years since the fall of Alterac, after the king Aiden Perenolde betrayed the Alliance and sided with the Horde of Orgrim Doomhammer. For this betrayal, king Aiden Perenolde was dethroned and Alterac City was sacked. The nobles and population fled the land and the Kingdom of Alterac was no more.You are Alric Perenolde, the prince and second heir of Alterac. By the order of king Aiden, you were sent into temporary exile to be safe from the Second War. This exile turned permanent and Captain Normand Garside, your guardian for the past eight years, made sure that you were safe and learned the useful skills that would help you in the future.Now eight years later in the year 14 after the opening of the Dark Portal, you are ready to take the responsibility and try to unite the scattered Alteraci people and reclaim the lands that were once the Kingdom of Alterac.The expedition Uther had called to be launched against the gnolls was successful. Both the gnolls and their camp were destroyed and most importantly a group of farmers and peasants they had kidnapped were freed. The fighting was hard, but thankfully your men managed to get through it without dying which was a small miracle.The few days you spent in Durnholde Keep were really interesting too. You met with lady Jaina Proudmoore, sparred with the pet orc of lord Blackmoore had named Thrall and realized that Blackmoore was a drunkard and a fool. It was also an important lesson in politics. In the end you could say that your stay in Durnholde was fruitful. Now the autumn continues and you hoped that the rest of the autumn would be a calm and peaceful season.Welcome to Alterac Resurgent Quest!…Twitter: https://twitter.com/MedivhQM/qst/ Archive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Alterac%20Resurgent%20QuestPrince Alric Stats: https://pastebin.com/rysxdRsv Quest Mechanisms: https://pastebin.com/CyD88qqf
>>4868199The autumn rains had hit the Hillsbrad Foothills badly. There had been only a few days since your return in which it hadn’t rained or just had a slight drizzle. The farmers were really content that they had managed to get their crops harvested before this, but everyone else were somewhat miserable. The guards posted outside or those assigned for patrols grumbled for getting wet again and again, as did the other workers.As you stepped outside the farmstead and greeted the guard posted outside it, you could see the small town that was in progress of being built. Even in this rain the peasants and workers were lifting logs or hurrying to make roofs on newly built houses. The work on the blacksmith was progressing as planned with a former Alteraci blacksmith arriving to supervise the project.Captain Garside meanwhile had taken up the task of checking out how the hunter’s and herbalist’s cabins were progressing in Darrow Hill and Gavin’s Naze. According to him, the workers should be ready before the first snow hits. Still it would be a race against time as the Alteraci winters can arrive suddenly and be quite chilling.There was the issue of not enough houses built for the peasants that had arrived. If the winter hits and people have to stay in tents, it could become a huge problem for you. Foreman Davis had told you that the houses would be ready before the first snow comes if the weather cooperates even a bit. Now though it seemed that the weather wasn’t cooperating and you weren’t sure if the houses would be completed in time.Back at Durnholde at what felt like ages, but actually was just three weeks ago, you thought about wanting a few weeks of peace which you had now gotten. The peace could be a bit more dry, but it will have to do. It was another autumn day in The Headland full of work.>Captain Garside probably has something to talk about the construction and current situation >Foreman Davis has been working hard to have everything on schedule, go see if he has succeeded in doing that>Sergeant Cromwell had been drilling the troops without a pause since you had arrived from Durnholde, go see how that progresses>You have been working quite hard lately, take the day off and go riding with your horse EponaQM: Terribly sorry for disappearing last October, but I think now my real life hurdles are over and I can concentrate on being a QM. So let’s get to it. The Stats pastebin is up to date, but Mechanisms one will wait till the season changes.
>Two Alterac quests in the catalogWhat is this
>>4868205Minor factions are popular and allow you to usually do bit more within well fleshed out settings. Now that you mentioned it, I need to read that quest too.
>>4868203>Foreman Davis has been working hard to have everything on schedule, go see if he has succeeded in doing that
>>4868203Holy shit you’re backWelcome back OP!Let’s Go with Davis.
>>4868203>>Foreman Davis has been working hard to have everything on schedule, go see if he has succeeded in doing thatI'm pleasantly surprised to see this quest back!
>>4868199>it s backIt s a pleasure to see you again
You didn’t have to search for foreman Matthew Davis for long as he was found going through a large stack of papers near one house that was being constructed. He noticed you early and tidied up the papers.“My prince, good morning!” He greeted you.“Good morning Mr. Davis, how is the work going?” You asked and stepped under the cover of the canopy tent he was in.“Sire, it is progressing, but as I have said before the rain is causing problems and there are few other things too. We can’t really finish all the work without the weather being dry.”“But you can still build the houses?”“Yes sire.” Davis said and searched for a piece of paper from his pile. Finding it he started to explain. “The roofers are complaining about the lack of proper nails, the new blacksmith gave me a list of things and tools to buy, the workers at the lumber mill are complaining that they can’t fell trees fast enough, goods need to be moved…”“Alright Mr. Davis, I understand. A lot of small problems that in the end cause one big problem.”“Yes sire.” Davis answered a bit deflated. “We are behind schedule and I am not sure if we can finish everything before the first snow comes if these rains continue like this.”“How can we then get back on schedule?” You asked him.“Well sire, we can always buy the nails and tools required, but to get back on schedule we need more workers. That way we can get all the heavy labour done and allow more experienced workers to concentrate on things they know.”Two of you continued to talk a bit about possible solutions>Davis suggested that the soldiers in training could be conscripted to help in construction, but that would mean that they wouldn’t be ready when winter season comes>Davis suggested that Sir Radan and his bandits could be forced to work longer days well beyond what the workers are doing now. That should be enough to allow getting back on schedule>Go to Tarren Mill and ask for help, you after all get rid of the bandits terrorizing them and mayor Fowley said that Tarren Mill would owe you one>You suggested that we could hire extra workers for the season. It would cost 3 Wealth, you only have 1 Wealth saved so 4 Supplies would have to be exchanged to 2 extra Wealth>Other, write inTotal Resources1 Wealth, +6 per Season15 Supplies, -1 per Season55 PeasantsQM: Seasonal changes have been updated to reflect the start of the winter season.
>>4868413>>Go to Tarren Mill and ask for help, you after all get rid of the bandits terrorizing them and mayor Fowley said that Tarren Mill would owe you one
>>4868413did supplies income drop during winter or am I confusing somethingI'm inclined to go with You suggested that we could hire extra workers for the season. It would cost 3 Wealth, you only have 1 Wealth saved so 4 Supplies would have to be exchanged to 2 extra Wealthbut I don't want us to fall short on supplies during winter
>>4868465The Supply number is up to date and accurate, I always update my spreadsheet immediately to avoid having to comb through the updates and see if numbers don't match. The previous total resources update from thread three had Supplies gained at +2, but that was before 30 more troops were added into training.
“I will go visit Tarren Mill, they should be able to help us.” You said to Davis.“Sire, I hope you are right.”“They owe us one.” You said back to Davis as you stepped outside the tent into the drizzle. “Meanwhile, get the other small things sorted out.”…Next day it was still raining, the slight drizzle tried to find a way inside your large grey cloak as you rode towards Tarren Mill. Garside had argued that few footmen should escort you, but riding alone was faster and the large cloak makes you harder to be recognized.You had been riding for several hours and already saw the spire of the Tarren Mills church. Your horse Epona was really enjoying this and you had to keep her in check. In excitement she tried to move into the trot, but you calmed her down. You weren’t exactly in a hurry.The spire of the church grew larger and larger before the closed gate of Tarren Mill was in sight. The lone footman on top of the walls hailed you and quickly let you in after recognizing your face after you lifted your hood. The gate was opened and you were in Tarren Mill.
>>4869545Servant of mayor Fowley had arranged a hot cup of herbal tea for you to drink while you waited a moment for Fowley himself to arrive. Thankfully you didn’t have to wait for long for the small bookish man to arrive.“Prince Alric, terribly sorry for not being here.” Mayor Fowley said as he handed his cloak to his servant. “I was discussing the lumber trade with the traders. I came here as soon as I heard you had arrived.”“Not a problem mayor Fowley.” You said back to him and straightened your chaperon. “How is the lumber trade going? You got the mill back up and running?”“That we managed to do. The bandits did kill or drive away the workers, but at least some of them have arrived back. Thankfully the business is booming, everyone needs good strong lumber.” Fowley said and took a long sip from his cup. “Sire, have you heard the latest development?”“I would be lying if I had.”“The Alliance are investing a quite sizable amount of coin into a naval base not that far from Southshore. They are buying all the lumber they can get and they are paying a good coin for the Tarren Mills lumber.”You pinched the bridge of your nose and deflated a bit. If you didn’t require all the lumber by yourself, this could be a huge opportunity.“No, I hadn’t heard about that. Lord Uther didn’t mention it either when we met several weeks ago.” You said to Fowley. “Nevertheless this is good to know.”“It is a big development, but I don’t think that gossip about the lumber trade is the reason why you are here?” Fowley asked.“You are correct. I am here because I need your help.”“Prince Alric, how can we help you?” Fowley asked a bit confused.“The rains are causing delays on construction of the houses for my people. We are fearing that they wouldn’t be ready before the winter and the snow arrives from the mountains. We need more helping hands to get everything back on schedule. Workers are what I am asking from Tarren Mill.”“We are lacking workers ourselves too, but I will arrange something to be done in the coming week.” Fowley said after thinking for a moment. “We do after all owe you for saving our town.”“Thank you mayor Fowley, I cannot ask for more.” You said back to him and finished your cup of tea.…It was midday and by your calculations you had some time to spend in Tarren Mill if you still wanted to get back to The Headlands before it was completely dark. Alternatively you could spend the whole day in Tarren Mill and go home tomorrow. Mayor Fowley had invited you for dinner, but at the same time you had thought about visiting the church or going through what the small marketplace and traders had for sale.>Accept the dinner offer and spend the whole day with mayor Fowley>Go visit the church and priest Hampton>Go check out what the marketplace and traders have for sale>Other, write in
>>4869547>>Accept the dinner offer and spend the whole day with mayor FowleyWe're asking him for help so we have to be polite.
>>4869547>all of the aboveI mean, they're not really mutually exclusive, right? We can accept the dinner offer, go check out the marketplace, stop by the church and close the day with dinner and subsequently retiring, either at inn or if mayor offers us a guest quarters, then return tomorrow?
>>4869552They are not mutually exclusive
>>4869547>>Accept the dinner offer and spend the whole day with mayor Fowley
You decided to accept the dinner offer from Fowley and asked him if it was ok to follow him through the day before the dinner happens. Fowley agreed and so you tailed him and saw what a normal active day for the mayor of Tarren Mill was.You met with the traders with whom Fowley had discussions earlier about the lumber. Impressed that mayor Fowley had a friend that was the rumoured and often spoken about Alteraci prince, they too spoke about their business, how the new naval base is going to impact the value of lumber in the long run and how the future and economic prospects of Hillsbrad are looking like. Meanwhile you talked to them about the silver mine that was under your control and how in the future Alteraci lumber could flow down to Southshore bringing wealth and profit to all parties. You thought that the discussion with the traders was fruitful with mayor Fowley acquiring a bunch of contract papers to read through and potentially sign.Next Fowley showed you the orchards near Tarren Mill. The farmers there had already picked the apples from the trees and in their farms and breweries apple cider and other apple products were being prepared for the winter for local use and for trade elsewhere. To Fowley the products of the breweries were his pride and joy, the noblemen in Capital City, Stormwind and even in Ironforge would be drinking cider from Tarren Mill. And to be honest you had to agree, the cider was really good.Fowley explained how Tarren Mill had grown since the Second War thanks to the lumber being used in reconstruction and with the orchards providing both food and drink to the people. To you mayor Fowley seemed more like a businessman instead of being a politician or a true leader. To him Tarren Mill was a business and when it prospered, it really did bring a lot of wealth to the town.
>>4869935It was a long few hours of following mayor Fowley, but finally it was time for dinner. You had grown somewhat hungry and so when the venison stew with carrots, onions, celery, garlic and other fine ingredients was served to you, it felt really good to dig into it and just enjoy the good food.“Mayor Fowley, if you can could you, please pass my praises for the food for it is really good.” You said.“I will prince Alric, our cook is a tremendous talent at making foods like this.” He said and drank some mulled wine. “If I can be honest, I was a bit sceptical that you would be interested in following me around today, but it did seem that you were actually interested.”You used a cloth to wipe some of the stew from around your mouth and spoke.“When I was young, Captain Garside told me that if there was a chance to learn, you should take it. And what I saw today was educational, I am not an expert on trade so seeing all this made me understand things somewhat better.”“That is good to hear prince Alric.” Fowley said and continued. “But I do have some business to talk about. You have seen our lack of soldiers for security.”“Yes I have, the bandits decimated your force.”“Correct and we haven’t yet managed to recruit more soldiers. The Regional Defenders have provided some help lately, but not enough.”“So what are you suggesting?” You asked him.“I want to hire some of your men to act as security until we have managed to recruit more soldiers ourselves.” Fowley said. “I did think about contracting other local mercenaries, but the people here trust you.”Fowley explained his offer. Tarren Mill would require ten footmen and ten archers to provide local security. Tarren Mill would provide their upkeep and pay you a small sum for their services starting the winter comes. If they would be needed, you could recall them back to The Headlands at any time. Troops at start of winter season:-10 Regular Footmen-20 Veteran Footmen-20 Regular Kul Tiran Swashbucklers-10 Veteran Stromgarde Guards-30 Archers>Accept the request. Provide 10 footmen and 10 archers to Tarren Mill at the start of winter season. Tarren Mill pays the Supply upkeep and pays you 1 Wealth per season for their services for several seasons.>You decline now as you have to think about the offer with your officers. You will decide on a later date>You have to decline as you need those troops as much as Tarren Mill or even more.>Other, write in
>>4869945I'm inclined to agree, but I think we should get most up to date intel from the huntmaster and the officers before we commit. And we are likely going to need to withdraw them when we make our move against the ogres if the deal is still going by then. Though I'd hate if we dragged our feet too long, I'd like the old hunter to be able to see at least part of the city reclaimed.
>>4869945forgot to add the vote>>You decline now as you have to think about the offer with your officers. You will decide on a later datewith impressing that "later date" would mean "as soon as our next staff meeting"
>>4869945>>Accept the request. Provide 10 footmen and 10 archers to Tarren Mill at the start of winter season. Tarren Mill pays the Supply upkeep and pays you 1 Wealth per season for their services for several seasons.The 10 footmen should be our regular footmen, not the veterans.
>>You decline now as you have to think about the offer with your officers. You will decide on a later date
“I would like to consult my officers first.” You said and continued. “As you know we just a few weeks ago returned from Durnholde and now our men are wounded and tired.”“That is understandable prince Alric. Maybe when our help arrives, maybe then we could know.”“Reasonable. I will let you know by then.” You said back to Fowley.Rest of the dinner went quickly as the two of you spoke about more mundane things. The quality of the harvest, what life once was in Tarren Mill before the war and what you remembered from Alterac. When you finished eating, you thanked Fowley for his hospitality and for the promise of getting aid.
>>4871608The rain had ceased, but it was already quite dark when you walked across the town to the inn you had previously slept in. No one else was outside anymore just only one guard was seen minding his own business.Entering the inn you saw that it wasn’t empty. On one table there was a group of peasants, there were a few who looked like lumberjacks around another table and then in one corner a pair of very mercenary looking men with their hoods and caps on sat.“Good evening prince Alric.” Greeted Monica the innkeeper. “What brings you here to Tarren Mill?”“Good evening miss Monica.” You greeted back with a smile. “Just business with mayor Fowley.”“Milord, do you need food, drink or a room? We still have apple pie and we got a few barrels of wine from Stormwind.” “I could take some wine please and a room later.” You said after giving it a thought, you weren’t hungry after the dinner, but some wine would be nice.As Monica went to get the wine, you gave the people in the inn a passing glance. The farmers and the lumberjacks both had quieted down a bit after realising who had just arrived into the inn. You gave them a nod and they turned back to their drinks. Meanwhile the two mercenaries were acting like they didn’t even recognize you and just continued talking and eating like no one had arrived into the inn.“Here is the wine prince Alric. I opened a new barrel just for you.” Monica said and delivered a goblet of wine to you before leaning a bit closer over the counter . “Prince Alric, may I be nosy and ask are the rumours true?”“What rumours?” You asked as you were somewhat confused.“That you fought with Lord Uther against the gnolls, defeated them and saved a foreign maiden from the south?”You nearly choked into the wine when she mentioned the foreign maiden.“There were no such things as foreign maidens in Durnholde.” You said back to Monica with a chuckle and then thought that technically Jaina was from the south and from foreign kingdom, but she didn’t need no saving. “But it is true, I did fight with Lord Uther and with the rest of the expedition against the gnolls and we did save farmers and peasants who were made prisoners.”“Prince Alric, that is so brave.” Monica said and was practically gleaming with fascination towards you. “Everyone here is talking about how you helped to save our town and our lives and then twice you have saved poor farmers from the gnolls and death.”“Well thank you.” You said and bit awkwardly straightened your chaperon and finished the wine you had. “I try to do my best.”“Prince Alric, more wine?” Monica asked.>Yes please, continue talking with Monica>Yes please, go check out the two mercenaries>No thanks, you need to catch some sleep so ask for a room>Other, write in
>>4871612>>Yes please, go check out the two mercenariesinteresting...
>>4871612>>Yes please, go check out the two mercenaries
>>4871612>>No thanks, you need to catch some sleep so ask for a room
“Yes I could have some more.” You said to Monica as she poured you a second goblet. “If you excuse me, I will go see what these two men over there are doing here.”Goblet in your right hand you walked towards the two mercenaries. You saw that one of them tensed up a bit when you approached them.“May I sit here?” You asked.“Hmmph you may princeling.” The older of the two said with his deeper voice and showed that one chair was free. He continued after you had sat down. “What does the prince of Alterac want from the two of us?”Both men had dropped their hoods and now from the close you saw them better. The older of the two was a broad shouldered man with not that gentle face. Numerous small and big scars criss crossed across his face. You could see that under his leather jerkin he was wearing a mail shirt with the rest of his clothing hidden under a brown cloak. The younger of the two had similar clothing as the older man, but instead covered his head with a leather cap and you didn’t see a mail shirt. He did have an orange bandana tucked behind the collar of his jerkin which did catch your eye. Both men were clearly armed with swords and daggers.“This is the first time I have noticed someone else in here.” You said to the men. “I thought I had a good idea of mercenaries working in Hillsbrad Foothills.”“Hmmph well that is because we haven’t been here for that long. Arrived here yesterday from Hillsbrad and before that from the west.” The older of the two said. “What about you? Why did you come down from the mountains?”“Just business with the mayor.” You said avoiding giving a proper answer and continued. “But pardon for not introducing myself first, I am prince Alric Perenolde, how about you two?”“I am Ieastyn and this is Marcus. And you did guess correctly, we are mercenaries. Are you interested in hiring us?” The older of the two men called Ieastyn asked. You noticed in the corner of your eye that Marcus was somewhat nervous.“Maybe if I knew your skills, how many of you there are and who your previous employers have been.” You answered back and took a sip of the wine.“Hmmph there are only two of us, but we are skilled with blades long and short.” Ieastyn said and placed his hands on the table and smiled. “And what we have done previously has been something we can’t really talk about, if you understand.”You understood what Ieastyn meant, these two were killers and rogues. You again noticed Marcus fidgeting slightly and giving nervous looks at Ieastyn.
>>4871833>These men are suspicious, are they bandits trying to scout their next target? Press them with more questions.>A potential rogue in your service could be a great tool to use, try to see what their prices are>Leave these two alone with their drinks, you have gotten enough information out of these two>Other, write inQM: I will try to push out multiple updates per day this week to get things moving again. Probably on Thursday I might not be able to do any updates and the weekend is a bit of a question too.
>>4871833on one hand it could be useful to have someone like them on the retainer but they also don't make impression of someone we could trust at all.Try asking them if they heard any news on their travels, maybe pay them if they ask for a reasonable price (i.e. not of the level that would warrant deduction from realm's stockpile), maybe we can judge from their body language if they're bullshitting or omitting something. Perhaps even discern their motive.>I consider it my business to know if there's anything of interest that my affect my domain going on in neighboring lands and you may have overheard something during your travels. Would you be willing to share with such that don't touch upon your privacy?
>>4871835>>A potential rogue in your service could be a great tool to use, try to see what their prices are
You gave the men a faint nod of understanding and thought your words carefully.“I consider it my business to know if there's anything of interest that may affect my domain going on in the neighbouring lands and because you are traveling mercenaries you may have overheard something during your travels. Would you be willing to share if you have heard or seen something that might interest me in a way that doesn't touch upon your privacy?”Ieastyn at first didn’t say anything and his partner's eyes jumped between you and him.“Hmmph Gallow’s Corner has changed hands. It is not the Crushridge ogres that control it anymore, but instead bandits and brigands.” Ieastyn said, but continued. “At least that is what the rumours are saying.”Gallow’s Corner was a ruined scout tower on a crossroad to Alterac City. Whoever controls it controls the movement from Tarren Mill to Strahnbrad too. You knew that much.“Anything more?” You asked and tried to fish for more information.“Nothing else comes to my mind that would be of value to you.” Ieastyn said back.“Should we?” Asked Marcus as he continued to fidget in his chair.“Yes we should go.” Ieastyn quickly said and stood up. “It was a pleasant talk dear princeling, may we meet again in better circumstances.”As both men stood up, you saw how the hands of Marcus were hovering above the hilts of his daggers. By instinct you stood up too and moved your own hand near the hilt of your sword which Marcus did notice. Two of you watched each other as Ieastyn paid Monica for the drinks and food. With a wave of hand Ieastyn and his partner left the inn.You felt your heartbeat slow down back to normal, but this certain unease and tension was in your body. As you were speaking with Ieastyn the farmers and lumberjacks had left too.“What was that about?” Monica asked you when you walked back to the counter. “Earlier they were going to take a room here.”“Probably for the best.” You answered her.“What do you mean?” Monica asked with a questioning look on her face.“Call it a hunch, mercenaries can cause problems.” You said to her avoiding telling her that you were suspicious of those two men.“Well everyone else left too, not exactly the best drinking or traveling season.” She said and pointed at the window. It was raining yet again. “I am going to close the inn for today and there is no one else to be served here, so more wine my prince?”>Ehh why not, it isn’t that late yet and talking to Monica would break the tension you were feeling.>Sorry, you have drunk enough wine for today. Retire to your room to sleep.>Other, write inQM: Busy day today, will try to write another update today if there is enough votes
>>4873303>>Sorry, you have drunk enough wine for today. Retire to your room to sleep.Did the ogres leave on their own volition, or did the brigands chase them out I wonder? Might be worth looking into.
>>4873303>Ehh why not, it isn’t that late yet and talking to Monica would break the tension you were feeling.
>>4873303>Sorry, you have drunk enough wine for today. Retire to your room to sleep.actually change my previous vote to this one ^>>4873374
>>4873303>>Sorry, you have drunk enough wine for today. Retire to your room to sleep.
“Sorry, it is somewhat late and I have drunk enough wine today. It is better for me to go to sleep.” You said to Monica. “Tomorrow is most likely a long day.”“A fine choice prince Alric.” Monica said with a slight tone of defeat in her voice. “I will get your room ready, it will take a moment.”She didn’t lie, in a few minutes she had carried a fresh set of bed linens and pillows into your room. “My prince, your room is ready.” Monica said after having guided you up the stairs and having shown the room. “Do you need your clothes washed?”“No need for that Monica, just have my cloak dry for tomorrow.”“Leave that to me. Have a pleasant night prince Alric.” She said after doing a small curtsy. You watched as she disappeared back downstairs before going into your room. You were a somewhat tired and slightly tipsy so you fell asleep quite fast.…The next morning was pleasant. Having woken up you went downstairs where a few others were already eating breakfast. Monica served you a bowl of hot porridge with a bit of butter, some bread to go with it and a cup of hot herbal tea. She also had your cloak dry and ready and when you finished eating your breakfast and having paid for the food and the room, you left the inn and rode towards home.
>>4873742It had been two days since your trip to Tarren Mill and you had called your officers for a meeting. Captain Garside was already inside the farmstead waiting with you as your officers arrived one by one. First was the former royal gamekeeper Bill Rover. The older man was wearing his usual woodman’s clothing and he greeted you with a nod before taking his seat. Both sergeants Cromwell and Maxwell arrived at the same time. The old Alteraci style armour of Cromwell did strike some contrast with the more recent red Stromgarde armour Maxwell was wearing. Both of the men greeted you before sitting down. Finally it was the lieutenant Beckston of the Kul Tiran Swashbucklers who arrived. Compared to others he wasn’t in armour this time.“Ahh drat am I late?” He asked as he barged in. “You are not late lieutenant Beckston, we were just starting.” Captain Garside said. “Prince Alric had something to say to all of us.”“Yes, thank you captain Garside.” You gave a nod to him and continued speaking. “As you know, a few days ago I visited Tarren Mill to ask for some assistance in the construction. After we had discussed it and they had offered their help, mayor Fowley had a proposition.”“Sire, what did he propose to you?” Cromwell asked.“He wants to hire ten footmen and ten archers for multiple seasons from us. As we know the bandits decimated their guards and they feel that they need more protection until they have managed to hire new guards for themselves.” You explained.“Doesn’t sound that complicated. Sire, how much did they offer?” This time it was Maxwell who asked and leaned forward. “I hope it was a good offer.”You explained the offer to your officers with Garside reminding them how many men would be available to us at the start of the contract. You also told the men the information Ieastyn had told you about Gallow’s Corner, how you had heard this rumour while in Tarren Mill without going into detail from whom you had heard it.“Alteraci winter is not the greatest season to fight wars in.” Said Cromwell. “But the spring that comes next and the summer? Hard to say if the troops are needed then.”“As prince Alric told us, mayor Fowley did say that we can recall the troops at any time, but what if we are attacked. The men in Tarren Mill can’t help us then.” Garside said and scratched his short beard.“Aye.” Came the gruff answer from Rover.“But at the same time it would bring us wealth and we wouldn’t have to get them food or replacement equipment.” Maxwell argued.“That is true and even with these men away, we would have fifty footmen and twenty archers available. It is not like we would be defenceless.” Beckston continued.“All in all if the troops are away, we must be more careful during the winter and the coming spring and potentially summer.” You mused aloud. “Whatever we choose should affect what we will do in the future. But we will decide that later when the winter and the spring actually arrive.”
>>4873745Troops at start of winter season:-10 Regular Footmen-20 Veteran Footmen-20 Regular Kul Tiran Swashbucklers-10 Veteran Stromgarde Guards-30 Regular Archers>Accept the request. Provide 10 footmen and 10 archers to Tarren Mill at the start of winter season. Tarren Mill pays the Supply upkeep and pays you 1 Wealth per season for their services for several seasons.>Decline the request. Explain to mayor Fowley how it would restrict your own hand too much and that you need those troops for the safety of your people.>Other, write inQM: Next update tomorrow about same time as this one
>>4873742Poor Monica. I feel almost bad for her.>>4873748>Accept the request. Provide 10 footmen and 10 archers to Tarren Mill at the start of winter season. Tarren Mill pays the Supply upkeep and pays you 1 Wealth per season for their services for several seasons.Hopefully whatever trouble that comes our way will be manageable enough that these twenty won't turn out to be life or death difference, and Tarren Mill is kind of valuable to be safe to us as well.
>>4873748>Accept the request. Provide 10 footmen and 10 archers to Tarren Mill at the start of winter season. Tarren Mill pays the Supply upkeep and pays you 1 Wealth per season for their services for several seasons.e
>>4873748>Decline the request. Explain to mayor Fowley how it would restrict your own hand too much and that you need those troops for the safety of your people.
>>4873748>Accept the request. Provide 10 footmen and 10 archers to Tarren Mill at the start of winter season. Tarren Mill pays the Supply upkeep and pays you 1 Wealth per season for their services for several seasons.Buckle down and send out scouts and spotters for early warning incase anything comes near us.
>>4873748>>Accept the request. Provide 10 footmen and 10 archers to Tarren Mill at the start of winter season. Tarren Mill pays the Supply upkeep and pays you 1 Wealth per season for their services for several seasons.The 10 footmen should be our regular footmen, not the veterans. Hopefully they'll gain some experience from this.
“It is decided. We will accept the request. Safety of Tarren Mill is important and with this we can also gain some wealth for us.” You said to the men across the table. “Cromwell arrange it so that when the winter arrives, the men who were with us from the beginning would be the ones sent there.”“Can do sire. While garrison duty is not rest, the men will see it as it.” Cromwell said and gave an approving nod.“And regarding the rumours of Gallow’s Corner, when winter arrives we should see our options again, but keep it in your mind.” You continued. “I don’t have anything else for now, do you have something to say?”Your officers shook their heads one by one and you ended the meeting and started to wait for the help from Tarren Mill to arrive.…Two more days had passed with thankfully no rain having happened. You had passed the days playing chess and reading your books about warfare and history. Finally on the late afternoon of the third day one of your footmen comes delivering a simple message. The help from Tarren Mill is here.You and half of the population in The Headland came to see who was arriving and to your and their surprise it did look like half of the whole population of Tarren Mill was here. Dozen ox carts and wagons carried tools, food and shelters for the workers arriving. You saw mayor Fowley on one of the carts and walked to meet him.“Mayor Fowley, it looks like you brought half of the town with you.” You said to him.“Good afternoon prince Alric, and you are correct. Half of the town is here.” He said and stopped the cart to climb off. “When I told the people that you need help, nearly everyone volunteered. We had to say no to quite many of them.”You were taken by this and didn’t know what to say for a moment.“Fowley I don’t know what to say other than thank you.”“Don’t thank me, you can thank the people later.” Mayor Fowley said. “Now let's get the camp up and running so that the workers can start the work tomorrow.”
>>4875418Evening had arrived as you sat in the large tent of mayor Fowley. A meeting with foreman Davis and captain Garside had concluded. The plan for how the work would start tomorrow had been made and more or less everything was ready. You took a bite out of an apple as Fowley finished writing notes of his.“We have decided to agree, at the start of the winter ten footmen and ten archers will arrive at Tarren Mill.” You told him.“That is good to hear. I will arrange everything to be ready for their arrival.” Fowley said with a smile.“Safety of Tarren Mill is important to us. If something happens to you, it will affect us too sooner or later.”Fowley nodded and brought you a pre-written contract to be signed. The man had prepared everything. You signed the contract and both of you shook hands.“Prince Alric, for a Perenolde you aren’t that bad.”…Early next morning the work began. Lumberjacks of Tarren Mill joined yours in felling and cutting the timber, workers swarmed over the half built log houses and started lifting logs and finishing windows, doors and roofs. The atmosphere within the town now that there was no rain and the help having arrived seemed festival-like. And the work, it really did seem to progress with a breakneck speed.>1d10>Best of threeQM: Potential random event roll.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>4875554
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>4875554How nice. Maybe we can burn some of our stockpile for a suitably decent, comfy festivity once the job’s done,
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4875554
For the next few days the work continued with the same vigour as it had started. The increased number of workers really made a difference as log houses kept getting their walls and roofs up one after another. Davis, Garside and Fowley had their hands full at organizing all this and there was constantly something they had to deal with. Maura Garside, the wife of captain Garside and practically your surrogate mother, with the help of other ladies including Monica, meanwhile organized the food lines and made sure that everyone was fed properly.Of course some problems and accidents did happen, with most being solved by you delegating the problem towards someone who knew what to do or by Raleigh the True healing the small cuts and bruises. There was one problem that you noticed on the first day, but had hoped wouldn’t cause any issues as days went by. The people of Tarren Mill didn’t really like that Sir Radan and his group of bandits were there working under constant guard. To them Sir Radan should have been hanging from a tree for the actions Redhill and his bandits did to Tarren Mill.Finally on the fourth day the tensions flared up and there was a scuffle between a member of Sir Radan’s group and one of the Tarren Mill workers. Thankfully no real injuries had happened, but it did sour the mood between the Alteraci and those of Tarren Mill badly. When you arrived at the scene the two parties were separated, but the work had stopped. So you were forced to question the people involved.“Sire, I didn’t see who started it.” Said the footman guarding Sir Radan and the bandits. “The men were carrying boxes and planks, I heard the crash when they were dropped and the two men started to shove and then punch each other. Few others from both sides joined in the shoving and we had our hands full trying to separate them.”“The bloody bandit crashed into me and then accused me of doing it. I shoved him and he punched me. “Said the man from Tarren Mill while holding his nose. “So we had a small fight, but that is not the point. The point is why these men are walking free and not hanging or rotting in jail!”“So what, the bloke made me drop the planks and then he showed me. So I punched back. He started it.” The bandit meanwhile said.“I am sorry. My man was foolish, he shouldn’t have punched and what he did was wrong.” Said Sir Radan about his man. He seemed remorseful as he had managed to keep his men working and behaving well without incidents for the past few months.“The problem is that the people of Tarren Mill don't like seeing these men working for you. Be it forced labour, but to them it is practically letting them walk free.” Said mayor Fowley and gave his opinion after arriving at the scene. “You need to solve this somehow or the sour mood continues.”1/2
>>4875756You did think about several solutions of which some of them were better and some weren’t. Then there was also the fact that Sir Radan and his men were performing forced labour to pay for their crimes and to pay amends to the people, they were criminals so they had to be handled like criminals. And for an assault by a criminal to a citizen the sentence was flogging and jail if the assault was severe. You had to find a balance that fits the justice required and makes the people of Tarren Mill happy.>Sir Radan and his thirteen men can do a lot of heavy lifting. They are needed here to help in construction to have it finished faster. Tarren Mill negative opinion.>Send Sir Radan and his men to work in the silver and lead mine to free a few workers from there. They would be out of sight, but not out of mind. Tarren Mill neutral opinion.>Lock Sir Radan and his men into a cellar until the people of Tarren Mill leave. They wouldn’t be working, but everyone would know that they are stuck there. Tarren Mill positive opinion.>Other, write inFlogging of the bandit will happen, but how?>Public flogging to remind Alteraci and Tarren Mill alike of the old Alteraci justice. Back in the day public humiliation like this was given to some criminals. Tarren Mill positive opinion.>Private flogging as you don’t need to make this a public event, scuffle was only between few men. Tarren Mill neutral opinion.Was the assault severe and/or does the criminal deserve jail time?>Yes, the bandit after the flogging will spend the portion or a full winter in one of the cellars where it can be somewhat cold chained to a pillar. Tarren Mill positive opinion.>No, the flogging is enough for a punch. Tarren Mill neutral opinion.QM: Multiple votes so vote in all of them
>>4875762>Sir Radan and his thirteen men can do a lot of heavy lifting. They are needed here to help in construction to have it finished faster. Tarren Mill negative opinion.More importantly they are already serving their time and punishing the ones that behave alongside the one that let himself go would not be right.Although we understand the villagers have suffered because of the bandits, they are already atoning.>Public flogging to remind Alteraci and Tarren Mill alike of the old Alteraci justice. Back in the day public humiliation like this was given to some criminals. Tarren Mill positive opinion.A measure of demonstrative justice is in order to show the atonement needs to be taken seriously.>No, the flogging is enough for a punch. Tarren Mill neutral opinion.no need to get disproportionate about the punishment though I think.
>>4875762>Sir Radan and his thirteen men can do a lot of heavy lifting. They are needed here to help in construction to have it finished faster. Tarren Mill negative opinion.>Public flogging to remind Alteraci and Tarren Mill alike of the old Alteraci justice. Back in the day public humiliation like this was given to some criminals. Tarren Mill positive opinion.>No, the flogging is enough for a punch. Tarren Mill neutral opinion.We will do the flogging personally and observe the workers up close for avoid that an incident happens again later.
>>4875762>Send Sir Radan and his men to work in the silver and lead mine to free a few workers from there. They would be out of sight, but not out of mind. Tarren Mill neutral opinion.>Public flogging to remind Alteraci and Tarren Mill alike of the old Alteraci justice. Back in the day public humiliation like this was given to some criminals. Tarren Mill positive opinion.>No, the flogging is enough for a punch. Tarren Mill neutral opinion.This should be enough to keep Tarren Mill content while still allowing the criminals to be productive. The workers freed from the mine should work on construction, this way our productivity doesn't change except a brief pause while the criminals and miners swap places.
>>4875762>Send Sir Radan and his men to work in the silver and lead mine to free a few workers from there. They would be out of sight, but not out of mind. Tarren Mill neutral opinion.>Public flogging to remind Alteraci and Tarren Mill alike of the old Alteraci justice. Back in the day public humiliation like this was given to some criminals. Tarren Mill positive opinion.>No, the flogging is enough for a punch. Tarren Mill neutral opinion.>>4875832It would be unbecoming and below us for a prince to do corporeal punishment like that.
Two votes for heavy lifting and two votes for silver and lead mine. I need a tiebreaker on that or when I start writing I will roll a dice.
I just hope carting them off to the mines won't be grounds for them to relapse to banditry at some point. Not just because temptation of silver but also because of showing that even if they behave they will not be getting second chances. But that's probably an excessive worry. They know they could've hung and that good name is not an easy thing to recover.
>>4876706We can talk to Sir Radan and explain the reasoning. Just keep giving they a clear sight to redemption and they will follow it.
More of your footmen had arrived at the scene and thankfully you didn’t have to go searching for one of your officers as you saw sergeant Maxwell walking towards you.“Sergeant Maxwell, detain this man.” You said while pointing towards the bandit who threw the first punch. “And prepare him for a public flogging.”Maxwell saluted and gave orders to a pair of footmen who picked up the bandit who was quite surprised that something would happen to him. As he was escorted away, you approached Sir Radan.“The people of Tarren Mill would love to have your heads, but I won’t give it to them. After the flogging you will be sent to the mine where you can continue your labour.” You said to him.“Understood my prince.” Radan said with his head down. “We will work there as hard as we did here.”1/3
>>4876783A large crowd had appeared to watch the flogging. A rope had been thrown over a house frame as a proper whipping post didn’t exist. Footmen kept the crowd away from the bandit as his hands were tied and lifted above his head. His bare back was seen by all. Seeing that everything was ready, you stood up on a barrel to allow everyone to see you.“This man is serving a sentence of forced labour until he and the others have worked enough to pay for their crimes and given enough back to the people.” You started speaking to the crowd. “And for all the good work the men have been doing, we must remember that they are criminals and behavior and actions done by this man are unacceptable.”You let the last word sink into the crowd before you continued speaking.“The old Alteraci laws written by our ancestors and upheld by our kingdom, say that if a criminal was to assault a citizen, the sentence would be flogging. And here we have a man who did just that. A criminal who assaulted a citizen.”You noticed that the people gathered were listening to your speech carefully.“And with my right as prince of Alterac, I sentence this man to be flogged until his back be bloody. Sergeant Cromwell administer the justice.”You stepped down and watched as Cromwell approached the tied man. He had managed to find an old whip and after taking his position he swung it with all of his strength.The crowd gasped as the whip impacted on the man's back, drawing blood immediately and causing him to scream in sudden pain. You and everyone who had arrived watched as Cromwell did his bloody work and as the bandits screams of pain turned into a sad whimper. It did not take that long for his whole back to be red from wounds and dripping blood. A last swing from Cromwell made the bandit collapse and left hanging from his tied hands. The sentence was administered.As the crowd realized that it was over, they left and continued the work. You hoped this was enough to keep people of Tarren Mill happy.“Sergeant Cromwell, clean his back and then escort him and the others to the mine.” You said to him as he was standing and watching his handiwork. “I must ask, had you done this before?”“No sire, but the more strength you use and faster you do it, you don’t have to suffer as long.”There was logic behind it.2/3
>>4876785With the flogged bandit, Sir Radan and others were escorted to the mine, the work in the town continued as usual with maybe a bit less enthusiasm. Each day since more houses were completed and the town seemed to approach being completed. A week from the flogging foreman Davis came to tell you the good news. We were back on schedule and now even with a terrible downpour happening everything would be finished on time.The news of this spread around the town like a wildfire after a meeting between you, Garside, Davis and Fowley it was decided that next day would be the last day of Tarren Mills help. With that the workers started to finish whatever they were doing and cleaning the places.…You spent the next morning going over a bunch of papers and numbers with mayor Fowley in his tent when one of the workers came asking for help. He was something about the tables and the pyre. After the worker had left, you had to ask Fowley what was going on.“What tables is he talking about?”“The workers want to have a small festival to celebrate the results of the work and having managed to help your people. Prince Alric, I couldn’t really say no to them.”“Not a bad idea, I will let you organize it all.” You said and gave an approving nod. This would be a nice way to celebrate the end of autumn and the coming of winter that was just a few weeks away.…The evening had arrived and people had gathered in the center of the town. A small pyre had been built in the middle of it with numerous torches giving light elsewhere. Rows of tables were laid up with different simple foods and drinks being available. Those who could play instruments were already playing their music. As you approached the festival site at first the guards greeted you and then your people and those Tarren Mill gave approving nods and greetings. It really was a festival mood.>Mingle with the peasants, enjoy the festival and spend the evening with them>Use this chance to be with your officers and men, let the peasants enjoy this all as this after all their own doing and success>Go find mayor Fowley and others who made this all possible, thank them and spend the evening with them>Other, write in
>>4876790>Make a brief speech commending the hard work put into make this possible, thanking our friends from Tarren Mill for assisting with it and raise a toast to the hope that the construction of new dwellings tends to represent.>Then mingle with the feasting people, ours and the Tarren Mill ones alike, before returning to the officerswe should make sure to meet with the mayor before he leaves, but we can't neglect our own people entirely.
>>4876796support this idea, is a good one
>>4876790>Go find mayor Fowley and others who made this all possible, thank them and spend the evening with them
>>4876790>>Mingle with the peasants, enjoy the festival and spend the evening with them
The people had already started to eat and drink, and so before they would be fully into the festival mood, you decided to talk. Having looked around, you found a suitable table and climbed on top of it. The people around you quickly noticed it and you had their attention.“Last spring when I made my first moves, there were only fifty people who decided to follow me. Now there are nearly two hundred. I did not think that Perenolde, the son of a traitor, would be accepted by our neighbours, but I am glad that I was wrong.” You said to the crowd watching and continued. “The help we have received from you makes me glad and it makes my people happy. Without your help, some of us would have been forced to either sleep outside in tents or crammed together in the few houses that were finished for the winter. And for that I am eternally grateful and I wish to be able to help you in future, if you require anything.”“So raise a toast for the new dwellings we put up together, for the friendship between ourselves and Tarren Mill” You shouted and the people raised whatever they were drinking. “For Tarren Mill, Alterac Stands!” And the crowd responded with cheers and shouts.…The festival continued without problems. The musicians played their instruments, the peasants ate the foods that were prepared and drank the wines and beers. You went from the table to another, exchanging a few words with everyone and accepting whatever was offered to your platter. You stuffed yourself full with all kinds of foods ranging from apple pie to pieces of boiled venison. Having eaten and drank so much, you had to take a short break and you made your way to the table where mayor Fowley and captain Garside were sitting.“I didn’t know a festival could be so tiring.” You said to them as you sat down.Both men chuckled a bit, before Garside spoke.“The people have really accepted you Alric, they really do like you.” He said.“It is true.” Fowley continued. “People of Tarren Mill really do appreciate what you have done to them.”1/2
>>4877656You sat with Garside and Fowley for a moment and watched as the peasants started to dance. When the ladies dancing started to invite people, you couldn’t really say no to their invites. You just hoped to remember what Maura Garside had taught you about dancing when you were younger.And you danced, you danced with so many people that after seventh one you lost your count. Between short breaks to eat and drink some more, the people around you danced and you felt the tension and all the stress in your body disappearing. This was the most fun you have had in a long time. Time flew and slowly people started to leave to go to sleep. You saw that Garside and others had already left. Some of the musicians had already packed their instruments, but the last one still played his flute. You didn’t recognize the song, but it was a slow and soothing one.“Prince Alric, do you give me the pleasure of the last dance?” Asked Monica who approached you. She was wearing her green top and skirt and the light from the slowly dying pyre coloured her burgundy hair darker.>Yeah, why not. Monica has always been friendly to you so why not dance with her for a moment.>Yeah, why not. But it is quite late so don’t dance too long.>Decline politely, but spend a moment talking with her.>Decline as it is quite late already and as a prince you have duties for the next day.>Other, write inQM: Weekend will be a busy one to me so maybe no large updates. Sunday evening latest comes the next proper update.
>>4877661>>Yeah, why not. Monica has always been friendly to you so why not dance with her for a moment.So, wholesome innkeeper waifu? Or Falconcrest honeypot?I'm a bit leery to have us commit into romance in case people are holding out for Jaina or someone else but I suppose she is pretty sweet.
>>4877674Maybe good to make it clear now, but none of the potential romances are immediate locks to that route exactly.
>>4877806yeah it's just I'd rather not break her heart if we come across someone "better" later.
>>4877661>>Yeah, why not. Monica has always been friendly to you so why not dance with her for a moment.
>>4877661>Decline as it is quite late already and as a prince you have duties for the next day.
>>4877661>>Decline as it is quite late already and as a prince you have duties for the next day.
I will try to update this evening so I will need a tiebreaker. If it is still a draw when I start writing, I will roll a dice to break the tie.
>>4878984Cockblock, or the final dance?Coin toss set to break balance.Poor Monica, to be setAgainst women not yet met.
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>4878984Alrighty, 1 is Yes and 2 is No. Will start writing.>>4879191Haha
"It would be my pleasure." You answered and took hold of Monica's hands. She guided herself to be close to you and as the flautist played two of you slowly danced around the dying pyre. Neither of you said nothing, just enjoyed the warmth that kept the autumn night away.One by one the remaining peasants left and when the song ended and the flautist stopped playing, both of you still held each other. It was Monica who slowly pulled herself away from you. You could see that she was smiling."May I escort you to your tent?" You asked her. She didn't say anything, but just nodded to you. Holding her hand, you escorted her towards where the tents of Tarren Mill were. The walk there wasn't long and when you were near the tents, Monica turned to face you."Thank you prince Alric for this evening, for the dance and for everything you have done for us." Monica said. It was dark, but you saw her smile and happiness in her eyes."I try to do what is the best." You answered somewhat awkwardly. "Being a prince forces me to act in a goodway hopefully."Oh I know that as a prince you have reasons and motivations to do what you do, but that doesn't change a thing." She said back.This time you didn’t say anything, just gave a faint nod."I think it's the time for me to leave, the duties of a prince don't wait and I will have to catch some sleep." You said to her and let her hands go. "Good night Monica."As you took a step away from Monica, she suddenly took hold of your hands, pulled you closer and then she kissed you. "Good night prince Alric." Monica said after she pulled away from her embrace. "Sleep well."You watched as Monica left towards the tent and finally when the darkness of the night made it impossible to see her, you turned away and made way towards your farmstead and bed. Still moments later you could feel her touch.1/2
>>4879340The next day wasn't as festival-like as the day before, but instead resembled more of two friends saying goodbyes. The people of Tarren Mill had packed their carts and wagons and the whole town had come to see them off.You said goodbye to mayor Fowley and promised to come to visit him at some point. You also reassured him that the hired men would arrive as winter arrives. Finally you send sergeant Cromwell with a group of soldiers to escort them back to Tarren Mill.With that the people of Tarren Mill left and the final weeks of autumn started before the snow and coldness of winter arrived.…For the past three weeks you had watched as the workers were finishing the log houses and other buildings. You had watched how the footmen continued their drills and how the archers kept practicing near constantly. Your officers had talked how the current group of recruits were extremely promising and due to that a great amount of coin had been used to procure them modern arms and armour.Meanwhile between your duties you had continued playing chess and reading your history books about warfare. You now won more matches against Garside than before and felt that maybe you had learned something, but you weren’t exactly there yet.Finally on a particularly cold afternoon when you were doing a short riding trip with your horse Epona, the first snow came. You caught one snowflake with your hand and let it melt beneath your breath. Winter was here.>1d10>Best of threeQM: Start of a new season random event roll. Congratulations, autumn is over and in the next update we start the winter season. Tomorrow the goal is to update the pastebins and post the first start of a season post.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>4879342
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>4879342Let's see what the fate and chance have in store for us...
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>4879342
With the first snowfall, it was clear that winter was upon you and it was time for another meeting at the start of a new season. Again you called your officers and close confidants to join you in the farmstead. You really only had to wait for trader Beric to arrive from Southshore, everyone else was already in The Headland.…It took Beric a few days to get the message, but he did arrive as soon as possible. His cart was yet again full of goods to sell to the local peasants and when he arrived inside the farmstead he came carrying a small chest.“Good day everyone, do you want the fuckin’ good news or the really bad news first.” He said and slammed the chest on the desk. It did look like Beric hadn’t slept in days and he did seem a bit leaner.“Good day Beric.” You answered and let the usual lack of respect from Beric go. “The good news first.”“Well the good news is this chest.” He said and opened it, it was full of gold coins.”This is for the silver you have dug up and extra. I met a trader whose customer in Stormwind required silver post-haste and he was willing to pay some more if I could acquire the required amount. Thankfully he didn’t know that I had a mine in my pocket.”>Gained 6 extra Wealth from a desperate trader from Stormwind“That is really good news, what is then the bad news?” Normand Garside asked as he picked one of the coins.“Well it is bloody Kavdan. His thugs have been harassing me and everyone else that is even slightly on your side. Threatening to beat them or worse. Haven't really slept that well after they threatened to burn my warehouse down. Kavdan acts like he hasn’t done anything when the guards come asking, but everyone knows that he is behind it all.” Beric said and scratched his bald head. “That is why Maleb wants to see you as soon as possible, to quote him ‘solve this Alteraci problem’.”So it was Kavdan, the former colonel of Alterac, who had been causing trouble. It will be something you might have to tackle in the future.“Thank you Beric.” Garside said and spread his own papers on the table as Beric found a chair to sit in. Everyone else was already waiting in the room.1/2
>>4880842“No one arrived here ahead of winter, so no need to worry about housing them. We have finished the Herbalist’s Huts and Hunting Lodges in Darrow Hill and Gavin’s Daze and the Blacksmith is also finished here. He has already started to make tools and equipment for us.” Garside spoke and continued. “The options we have based on our current wealth are somewhat limited. Due to that I am suggesting that we should invest in farms. We need more supplies and food and when our soldiers come back from Tarren Mill we are yet again going to spend more supplies than making them.” “Sire, we do need to think about the protection of the mine and southern mountains.” Cromwell said. “If the ogres retaliate, we only have the Scout Tower to give us a warning. We have enough men right now to respond and defend our holdings, but having permanent defences could help immensely.”“What sergeant Cromwell says is correct, we must invest in the defence at some point. But if we build the farms now, the peasants will have enough time to have a full harvest next autumn.” Garside argued back.Both of them were correct and you had discussed this last time you had this meeting. Now would be the perfect time to build the farms, but at the same time building the barracks and potentially more towers and upgrading them will have to happen sooner or later.“What about our military numbers, are the new men ready.” You asked.“Yes sire, we currently have 60 Footmen of which 20 are Kul Tirans and 10 are from Stromgarde. In addition we have 30 Archers. The contract with Tarren Mill will force us to send 10 Footmen and 10 Archers away.” Cromwell explained. “Our numbers are better than in the previous season, but we should always train more.”More things were suggested to be built than you have Wealth available and after this you had to think about new soldiers to be recruited. You could always sell some of your Supplies for extra WealthTotal Resources14 Wealth, +7 per Season16 Supplies, +1 per Season55 Peasants>Farms, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Darrow Hill>Farms, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Gavin’s Naze>Barracks, Costs 10 Wealth and 10 Peasants, The Headland>Guard Tower, Costs 10 Wealth and 10 Peasants, upgrading the Scout Tower in Southern Alterac Mountains>Iron Mine +2 wealth, Costs 5 Wealth and 30 Peasants, Darrow Hill>Other, check the pastebinYou may exchange Wealth to Supplies with 1:1 rate and Supplies to Wealth with 2:1 rate.Prince Alric Stats: https://pastebin.com/rysxdRsvQuest Mechanisms: https://pastebin.com/CyD88qqfQM: Economics portion first and then tomorrow the military options including potentially recruiting more soldiers and mercenaries. Both pastebins have been updated and I will give everyone enough time to vote. And as always, if you have questions feel free to ask them.
>>4880849Can we get Rover to train some people as scouts/rangers?
>>4880925I have notes regarding that ready for the future, but let me just say that Rangers aren't available not yet.
>>4880849>Farms, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Darrow Hill>Farms, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Gavin’s Naze>Iron Mine +2 wealth, Costs 5 Wealth and 30 Peasants, Darrow HillSell some supplies to get +1 wealth so we can afford all 3 projects before things heat up and we won't have time to build non military or defensive structures.
>>4880975guess we'll have to recruit a farstrider for that
>>4880982I will support this plan
>>4881032Only downside is we only have 5 people free after this and no wealth unless we sell some supplies.In fact, maybe we sell 4 supplies instead of 2 so we have a little big of emergency funds. What do you guys think?
>>4880982I’m guessing I’ll back this as well. We need the economy to get up the tech tree.And we need intel. Much is going on we don’t know, like syndicate operations. Who could those two mercs have worked for? But I guess Kavdan is the nearest point on agenda,Are southwest alterac mountains accessible for us to scouting and maybe as avenue to infiltrate Alterac keep?Are south alterac mountains traversible to Alterac beyond them?
>>4881067I suppose it might be prudent yeah.
>>4881086Yes, you can scout and move into South-Western Alterac Mountains. Also all of the Alterac Mountains can be used to move into Alterac proper, there are numerous valleys and mountain passes everywhere that allow movement through the mountains.Also yes, you can move into Southern Alterac Valley, but those lands are known to be territory of Crushridge ogres. So be careful of what you are planning.Does everyone support selling 4 Supplies instead of only 2 Supplies?
>>4880982>>4881067I support this. We will spend this season booming our economy as much as possible.
>>4881067yeah sounds fine, it should be okay
>>4881289by the way medivh, the map with numbers will be in the next post ? (so we can look which is which from the pastebin)
>>4881361You can have it here
>>4880849I know the WoW map is only there to give vague impression of the terrain and distances are much greater than in game, but I'd like to know if, supposing we took the southwest alterac mountains, could conceivably arrange for artillery support that would have sufficient range to provide support if we moved for the Alterac proper.Not like I expect we'd be in position to take on the ogres anytime soon.
>>4881086we could get a rogue or a spy (for gain intel) of our own later on, right now we will need to wait. It could be ideal to go for one of the bandits territories. Still we need more soldiers before expanding again. It s not a question of taking territory more holding them. Though going against the ogre will inevitably attract all of them from the north. They will not just wait, after we deal a blow. But come in force from the north and attempt to crush us.It could be wise for us even to just learn and train, and wait some seasons. We have still a long life in front of us. Still killing is also good and we gain exp, loot, money, info, some fame and maybe to free some people.>>4881367Nice thanksI think attacking Sofera’s Naze, Forest, Farmlands (13)and taking could be ideal for usorthe South-Western Alterac Mountains (24)
>>4881371Sadly not possible. The real distances are way too long for cross territory artillery support. The Cannon Towers after all are defensive structures. How to get mortars and other siege weapons are in my notes, will happen later in the game.
>>4881378>We have still a long life in front of us.It's Rover I'm concerned about. I'd like him to be able to at least set foot in the keep. Much better if we could manage to retake it. But I agree, we can't risk losing all in a hasty offensive.
Not to say that the ogre coming right at us after we attack them is a bad thing, because it can become easily a military oppurtunity for utterly crash them even if they have a large army. Of course we would need it to handle it well, so it goes how we want it. For example an ambush that blocks them in a place with very bad terrain.
>>4881390Yeah, mortars were what I was thinking.Same with flying machines.And making friends, having some magical support from Dalaran would be awesome, but not easy to secure I bet.
>>4881391fair enough, he is kind of old too. If we could kill a good amount of our foes up north he would have an easier time travelling north for see the situation.
Rover is not that old, he is somewhat older than Captain Garside so it means that he is in his fifties. His scruffy and old outlook just comes from being a woodsman for his whole life and living relatively simple life.
>>4881441That so? He seemed to be raising death flags at times. Well, I'd still rather let him get his wish as soon as we can do so with appropriate preparation and chance of success.
>>4881441that s good then
We should also check out Gallow's Corner. If what the merc said was true it might be opportunity to take it without provoking the Ogres, even though the ogres probably haven't forgotten we took the silver mine they were dealing with.And to find out who the "bandits" are affiliated with. Regardless, clearing route to Strahnbrad would likely be helpful.
>>4881491Having Gallow's Corner would be nice as well.Yeah the ogres might do something if we move for it. But still, it could be worthed. And we need info on those bandits, can t leave them around.
>Farms, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Darrow Hill>Farms, +1 Supply, Costs 5 Wealth and 10 Peasants, Gavin’s Naze>Iron Mine +2 wealth, Costs 5 Wealth and 30 Peasants, Darrow Hill>Exchange 4 Supplies into 2 Wealth“We will have to sell some of our supplies to finance all this, but we will get the farms up in Darrow Hill and Gavin’s Naze.” You said. “In addition we will build the Iron Mine underneath Darrow Hill, we cannot let that resource be let waste.”There was a round of agreeing nods around the table, but you saw Cromwell counting something in his mind.“Sire, that means we are not going to have enough people to recruit from.” Cromwell argued.“It is true, but without a better economy we cannot support a larger army.” You said back to Cromwell.“Prince Alric is correct, a strong economy will support a strong army.” Garside said. “Let us have a small recess to allow Beric to leave to peddle his goods.”…After Beric had left and some small chit-chat had happened, the meeting continued with the military business next.“With the gnolls gone the overall security of Hillsbrad Foothills has increased.” Garside said and continued. “The Regional Defenders are somewhat spread too thin with Tarren Mill lacking enough of their own guards. Still this is a definite improvement.”You looked at the map that was spread across the table with all the coloured stones around it to indicate who controls what.“The farmers are now safe which thankfully makes our options easier.” You said and continued. “North of us in the Alterac Valley there are the ogres. West of us is the South-Western Alterac Mountains, which is a big question mark, Rover do you know anything about that place?”“Explored, but poorly.” Came the scruff answer from him. “Too many caves and too irregular mountain passes. Dangerous place even when the kingdom stood, but can be moved through.”“And that just leaves Sofera’s Naze to the east of us and then the Gallows' Corner.” You said back to Rover and continued speaking. “Whatever we do, I think it will give us more attention from our enemies, especially if we go to Gallows’ Corner with a full force. If we capture it from the rumoured bandits, how will the ogres or rest of the bandits react? Then there is the Syndicate to be taken into account.”1/2
>>4882422“Is the Alteraci winter as bad as stories often tell?” Asked Beckston. “I have never been to this north or cold place before.”“Mountains during winter are treacherous. Valleys themselves are much better, but it isn’t uncommon to be forced to dig yourself out of your house after a snow storm.” Garside said. “We have to take the winter seriously, or it will bite into our asses.”You saw Beckston muttering something about Light protecting him after having heard that.“Winter will limit us if we do anything in the mountains or in Alterac proper, be it just scouting or a full blown invasion, it will make it much harder.” Garside continued.“What about mercenaries?” You directed the question towards Cromwell.“Only one group in the region. Cavalry by the name of Harry’s Harriers, but they are too expensive for us now.” Cromwell said.There was a pause in the discussion, but then the silence was broken by Beckston.“Prince Alric, me and my men have been thinking about this, but could it be possible for you to retain us on a permanent basis?” Lieutenant Beckston asked. “This place is not Kul Tiras, but it isn’t that bad a place to be and you ain’t the worst employer we have had.”You had some options with most of them limited by the terrain or the coming winter itself. Sofera’s Naze would be a simple pick and allows you to control all four fingers, but then the mountains, Alterac and Gallows’ Corner are the problematic ones. Looking at the map, you could go around Gallow’s Corner by going through the Strahnbrad Hills east of Sofera’s Naze, but you had heard that the hills have fallen under control of beasts, bandits and if rumours are correct trolls.Total Resources1 Wealth, +9 per Season12 Supplies, +2 per Season5 Peasants>Take Sofera’s Naze>Take Gallows’ Corner>Scout Gallows’ Corner>Scout Southern Alterac Valley>Scout South-Western Alterac Mountains>Other, write in>Allow lieutenant Beckstons request, retain them on permanent basis, allows you to train Pikemen, -2 SuppliesQM: Total Resources have been updated to reflect the economic decisions. I will give this vote more time to allow questions and discussion.
>>4882424So what I'm taking from this looking around the mountains or Alterac proper during winter would probably more trouble than it's worth, especially since we are not currently in position to move against Ogres anyway and expanding too far in the mountains would leave us stretched too thin.How feasible is it for us to both>Take Sofera's Nazeto further secure road to Tarren Mill and help with eventual move towards the Gallows' Corner and>Scout Gallows' Corner to find out what shifts are going on there.?>Allow lieutenant Beckstons request, retain them on permanent basis, allows you to train Pikemen, -2 SuppliesI'd say yes. Our troops have familiarised themselves with them and it spares us expense of training replacement, as well as securing way of training more pikemen.
>>4882424We should scout the mountains to know if there are any hidden forces there that could be a problem along with the possible mineral exploitations.>>4882432I think we should lay low and not make any bold moves at least till our men from Tarren mills return. I'd rather spend this time doing 3 scouting options.
>>4882432That is plausible. You can do both.
>>4882434Scouting both mountains and southern Alterac despite winter conditions? Hmm... I'd rather not have our scouts get stranded if something goes wrong. There's probably yetis in the mountains.
>>4882446Not at the same time, we have like 3 months of winter. 1 month in each region.
>>4882424>>Take Sofera’s NazeHaving all the four finger would be ideal, and it s good land near us and Tarren Mill, should be easy to take. We should be able to defend it if we need to as well.>Scout Gallows' Corner to find out what shifts are going on there.>Scout South-Western Alterac Mountains for see what we have there, since there is no ogres. We need informations. This regions need to be scouted. If scouting becomes too difficult for enemy presence or very bad weather fall back, no reason to risk it.>Allow lieutenant Beckstons request, retain them on permanent basis, allows you to train Pikemen, -2 SuppliesYes, welcome aboard Beckstone. Officially make him one of our "principality" officers. If him and his men, have families is fine if they come here too.
>>4882424>Scout Gallows’ Corner>Scout Southern Alterac Valley>Scout South-Western Alterac Mountains>Allow lieutenant Beckstons request,
I wonder if expanding further eastwards would put us into contact with Wildhammers and, eventually, allow us to put a force of gryphon riders together.But obviously we're going to have to prioritize what to go for first and what to do later. It's not like there were interesting times ahead, haha...
“Before the snowfall increases we will take Sofera’s Naze and then during the winter we will scout both Gallows’ Corner and South-Western Alterac Mountains.” You said and continued. “We need the information on Alterac and our immediate surroundings.”“Mountains will be hard during winter.” Garside said back.“They will, but they will be bad for our enemies too. I think if we send just a small scouting party, we can move without being seen or having much trouble.”“Could be done.” Rover said underneath his beard.“That is settled then. In three days we will march to Sofera’s Naze and then look for a good gap in the weather for our scoutings.” You said and turned towards Beckston. “And I will accept your request lieutenant Beckston, welcome to be part of Alterac.”You all congratulated Beckston, this would be worth celebrating if only you had time for that.…Next day a ceremony was held for the new footmen, archers and Kul Tiran Swashbucklers. Fifty men in total marched through the town and in the end you and captain Garside presented them all with the metallic eagle pins Beric had acquired for you last spring. This small thing symbolized that they were now part of Alterac and served you directly.At the end of the ceremony the twenty men contracted to guard Tarren Mill left too. As you watched them leave, it really did hit you how far you already reached just within a year. Sending troops away to be deployed elsewhere and accepting thirty new soldiers into service was a big thing.Still there would be a lot of work to do. The men you had now were a relatively sizable force compared to what Southshore or Regional Defenders could muster, but Durnholde had way more men as did Silver Hand if they were to act. Not forgetting whatever troops could king Terenas send from Capital City.With this in mind, you set to work.…It had been slowly raining snow and The Headland had turned white. The few children that came with their parents were making snowmen. They waved to you when your men marched right past them towards Sofera’s Naze. Rover and his archers had already left ahead of you and were scouting the way and seeing if anything was amiss. If someone would notice something, it would be Rover.>1d6>Best three of fiveQM: Plan is to update once more today after all five rolls are in.
Rolled 1 (1d6)>>4882686
>>4882692oofoff to a great start
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>4882686come on
i hope the third is ok at least
Rolled 1 (1d6)>>4882686Why are we invading during winter?
>>4882706do you think pseudorandom number generator is punishing us?Anyway, two more rolls. Doesn't look too good though.
Rolled 6 (1d6)>>4882708I think its obvious not to invade during winter.
>>4882706Well this territory was described as being fairly peaceful, making it a very easy conquest. Beside is also good land. And it s very near us, as well easy to travel to. whatever we need to face, we will plan something and defeat it.
>>4882727Shit didn't link properly. Maybe QM will take it.
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>4882686
>>4882727Nah. Besides it's not supposed to be invasion as much as annexation of an unclaimed piece of land. Best 3 of 5 is not good odds, we just had poor luck on the first three rolls.
>>4882737not BAD odds I meant to say.
>>4882738matter of fact it's actually Rover's scouting roll. The man's a legend.
>>4882737>>4882728I think this proves my point.There is no enemy threat or forces in the area so the only thing that could mess up the invasion is the weather. Just ask the French and Germans.
>>4882742We'll see soon enough. For now we haven't seen anything except some RNG.
>>4882742we need to see, the rolls are fairly low could be that something just arrived. At least we are Alteraci, so bad weather or cold isn't that bad for us.
>>4882751If it’s Rovers roll then low numbers just mean he missed something. But 12 is alright if OP takes it I think.
>12You had crossed the Southshore to Stranbrad road some time ago and entered the Sofera’s Naze. Rover had been scouting ahead as usual and you for some reason had caught him. You found him investigating faint tracks on the snow.“Have you found something Rover?” You asked him on your horse Epona.“Tracks, but faint can’t follow them” He said underneath his beard.“If you can’t follow them, then scout ahead.” You gave him the order.Rover nodded and it didn’t take long for him to disappear into the sparse woods again.…You had marched for several hours until an archer came running from the direction Rover had gone into. The archer told you that Rover had found an old campsite, but nothing else. The snow had ruined any good tracks he could have followed.It took you some time to reach Rover and when you arrived, he spoke to you.“Campsite, definitely by humans, maybe a few weeks old.”“Is snow making tracking harder?” You asked“Aye, but definitely someone has stayed here.” Rover answered and continued. “But no one has been here for a while.”That was good news. While someone had definitely been here, there were no signs from them recently. You would have to send multiple regular patrols into Sofera’s Naze to keep it, but that was part of securing your lands.1/2
>>4882966It had been several days since the occupation of Sofera’s Naze. You and captain Garside had been busy making the schedules for the patrols across the territory you controlled. Rover meanwhile had been preparing gear and supplies for the scouting missions in the meanwhile.As you were reading The Annals of the Great Alliance by an author called Milan, one of your footmen came to your farmstead bearing a message.“My prince, a messenger arrived and he gave us this scroll. He said it was from Durnholde and after giving it to us, he left immediately.” The footman spoke and gave the scroll to you. You opened the scroll carefully and started to read it. Karramyn Langston had invited you to Durnholde, there was going to be a last grand gladiator tournament before winter shuts everything down and you were to be the honoured guest of Lord Blackmoore.You sighed heavily as you read the invite before reaching the last part of it. Langston apologized if your previous trip to Durnholde wasn’t in your liking and wanted that this trip would make amends and more. You wouldn’t have to come, but Lord Blackmoore and Langston himself wanted you to come. Lord Blackmoore would have some important proposition in mind.You thought about this. You didn’t like Lord Blackmoore at all, but Langston did seem somewhat level headed. And while you didn’t like them, having an ally or at least a neutral party in Durnholde could prove useful in the future.The tournament would happen in eleven days so not enough time to participate in a scouting mission before it, but enough to travel there without a hurry. You could when going to Durnholde take a diversion in Southshore and see what Magistrate Maleb had to say about Kavdan and Alteraci problem.>Accept the invite and visit Southshore on your way to Durnholde>Accept the invite>Don't accept the invite, but go visit Southshore to deal with Kavdan>Don’t accept the invite, the scouting missions are more important>Other, write inQM: And please try to link your votes or rolls into my updates, makes my life bit easier.
>>4882971>>Accept the invite and visit Southshore on your way to Durnholde
>>4882971Oh boy. Interesting times coming sooner than anticipated. Although tbf I’m not familiar with timeline enough to tell, and meta gaming is wrong anyway.Well, we definitely can’t afford to ignore Kavdan so south shore is a given. And we’ve been building decent relations with neighbors so, come what may...>Accept the invite and visit Southshore on your way to DurnholdeI guess that means postponing scouting of gallows but what will it mean for securing the Sofera’s Naze?
>>4883000We can skip scouting the Mountains instead.>>4882971>Accept the invite and visit Southshore on your way to Durnholde
>>4883000>what will it mean for securing the Sofera’s Naze?That is what the patrols are for. They keep your territory secure, look for tracks and make sure that your territory is under control.
>>4882971>>Don’t accept the invite, the scouting missions are more importantIf he gave us earlier notice we might have been able to make it, but we already have important plans that we shouldn't abandon.
“Will you go?” Asked Normand Garside who had been reading the scroll behind your back.“I will, this is too big of a chance to not miss.” You said and sighed deeply. “We need allies or at least people who are neutral to us and the leader of the Internment Camps is one of them.”“You are right.” Garside said. “I hope your trip to Durnholde will be fruitful.”“Normand, prepare a small entourage for me, a few footmen should be enough.”“Will do, I presume you are going to visit Southshore on the way?”“That is the plan.” You said and left to pack your belongings for the trip.…You had packed things you might need and placed them in a chest. Wearing your armour you rode ahead the ox cart the few footmen were using to ride. Garside had sent four Stromgarde Guards to be with you and protect you in time of need. You had calculated that without delays you would be reaching Southshore before the nightfall. And thankfully you were correct. The road to Southshore had some snow, but it did not slow you down at all. And further south you got, less snow you saw. Seems like the winter hasn’t yet hit Southshore at all.You saw the walls and the gate of Southshore. You were stopped when the guards outside crossed their arms and prepared to search you. The scare against the bandits was still true, but when they realized who you were, they let you through.It was evening so the goal was either directly go for Magistrate Maleb and deal with the Alteraci problem or find a place to sleep. As you watched the people of Southshore walking back home after a long day of work, it was clear that you wouldn’t be visiting any markets today.>Go to Beric and sleep in his warehouse home, Maleb can wait till tomorrow>Go and find a proper room for you and your men. A prince should sometimes sleep like a prince after all>Go to the town hall and see if Magistrate Maleb is there, be active in solving the Alteraci problem>Other, write in
>>4883284>Go to the town hall and see if Magistrate Maleb is there, be active in solving the Alteraci problemLet's try to not waste time I guess. Maybe we could have some of the men secure rooms in the inn for our party?
>>4883284>Go to the town hall and see if Magistrate Maleb is there, be active in solving the Alteraci problem
>>4883284Aha, I have finally caught up! Glad I checked the catalog when this revived.>Go to the town hall and see if Magistrate Maleb is there, be active in solving the Alteraci problemThe less time we waste the lesser the risk of us being late to the party at the camps, and of course being proactive helps the prince of the people image we've got going so far.
>>4883284>>Go to the town hall and see if Magistrate Maleb is there, be active in solving the Alteraci problem
>>4883284>>Go to the town hall and see if Magistrate Maleb is there, be active in solving the Alteraci problemProbably worth sending one of our guys to Beric as well, let him know we're here so we don't just show up unexpectedly.
You send one of your footmen to inform Beric that you were here so that he wouldn’t be surprised. It would be smart to visit Magistrate Maleb now that you are here and not leave him waiting, as he must after all learn that you are in town soon.The town hall of Southshore wasn’t that far away from the gate and soon you were already knocking on its door. A bewildered clerk opened the door complaining about who was coming before realizing who you were. The clerk quickly let you in and apologized many times as he went to inform Maleb. It did not take long for you to be guided into Maleb’s office.“Good evening prince Alric.” Maleb said to you. He was wearing a simple tunic and not the one you saw him wearing last time you met. Clearly you managed to surprise him by arriving late.“Good evening magistrate Maleb. I heard from Beric of Strahnbrad that you wanted to talk with me about the ‘Alteraci problem’.”“Ah yes straight to the point.” He said bit annoyed. “The problem originally was that with your people leaving Southshore, we have lost a considerable amount of labourers, shoresmen and others like them. We have a shortage of workers now.”“I cannot really do much to help with that.” You said back to Maleb.“Yes and that is why we wouldn’t bother you with that. The new problem is that the former colonel Kavdan has been threatening traders, his thugs have attacked innocent people. We let this slide for a moment, but now we have reached the tipping point. We want Kavdan and his people gone.”“Then why don’t you deal with Kavdan?” You asked him.“For he is of your people. We see it as your job to keep the Alteracis in line.” Maleb answered.He clearly just wants you to do his dirty work. You could just let Kavdan be alone, but that would make the life of Beric much harder so something must be done.“So what do you want for Kavdan to happen?” “We want him and his thugs to stop, preferably we want them gone. Diplomatically or through violence it doesn’t matter.” Maleb said to you. “Southshore can lend you some guards if you need them and there will be a reward if you do the job.”So there was an incentive to do what Maleb wants to happen. Them lending you some extra muscle could make you seem like you are their lapdog, just doing their dirty business. But if things get dirty and violent, those extra guards could make your life a lot easier.>Agree to deal with Kavdan>Don’t agree to deal with Kavdan>Other, write in>Accept the guards>Don’t accept the guards>Other, write in
>>4884332>Agree to deal with Kavdan>Don’t accept the guards
>>4884332This Kavdan is leader of the Alteraci community in southshore, yes? Magistrate has a point that if the colonel declares his nationhood while acting like a criminal he is undermining our cause and our authority.>Agree to deal with KavdanTaking the guards could probably give us valuable muscle but I'd rather not have this end with violence. Last time we met he seemed content to stay in Southshore, but then why is he making the community's life difficult with his antics?I think it would be ideal if we got him to drop the local mob act and join our cause but we can't let him dragging Alterac's reputation through the mob like this.>Don't request guards, we'll try talking to him.Presence of southshore's guards would probably make it difficult for him to alter his course without losing too much of a face and would make us look like we can't deal with our own people without foreign muscle.
>>4884332>Agree to deal with KavdanAnd>Dont accept guards
“I will deal with Kavdan, letting him do what he wants is something neither of us wants to happen.” You said to Maleb. “I do not need your guards, I prefer to not shed blood if I can.”“That is good to hear.” Maleb said and smiled. “But if you need our guards, just come to me and I will send a detachment of guards to you.”“Anything else magistrate Maleb?” You asked him.“No, I think we have talked enough.” He said back to you.You agreed and after saying goodbye to him, you left the town hall and went to Beric’s warehouse.1/2
>>4884921As you walked to Beric’s warehouse you saw people milling in front of it. Closer you got it, you saw that group of men were sitting on the ground with the footman you had sent to Beric standing in front of them with his sword drawn. Something had happened.You pushed yourself through the crowd and saw Beric sitting outside his warehouse. He looked beaten with bruises and tattered clothing. One of the dockworkers was keeping a thick lump of cloth on his side. You saw that the cloth had turned red, Beric had been stabbed.“What happened?” You half shouted to Beric as you kneeled next to him. You saw that he was pale and in pain.“The fucking thugs happened. They barged in and if your man wasn’t here, I would be dead.” He said and grimaced from pain.“Don’t speak Beric, it will just hurt.” The dockworker said and then recognized you. “Don’t worry prince Alric, we have already called a priest to heal him.”At first you were confused and now you were somewhat angry. You stood up and walked to the footman guarding the thugs. The footman saluted you.“Prince Alric, these are the men who attacked Beric and me.” He said.“Tell me what happened.” You asked him.“I had arrived and told Beric that you were in town and were coming later to visit you. Some time later there was knocking on the door and Beric went to open it. He probably thought it was you as when he opened it, the men barged in and started beating him with cudgels. I saw it, drew my sword and went to clear the men. Beric was stabbed and I cut the man open.”“His name is Thomas.” One of the thugs shouted.“And what do you know? What happened, tell me?” You directed the question to the four thugs sitting on the ground.“And who the fuck do you think you are?” Asked one gutsy thug.You were infuriated.“I am prince Alric Perenolde, the second heir of the kingdom of Alterac and Beric is one of my subjects, so you will tell me everything.”The gutsy thug was silenced and didn’t say anything, but another man immediately started to speak.“I am s-sorry p-prince Alric, we had orders to just rough him up. B-but then the footman appeared and Thomas s-stabbed Beric.”“Whose orders it was!” You raised your voice with anger and you knew what the answer would be.“K-Kavdan. He told us that if we beat Beric, he would stop s-supporting you. T-to send a message. W-we didn’t know you were here in town. I-I swear!”Kavdan had ordered Beric to be beaten and gotten him stabbed in progress. If not for the footman, he could have been killed. You had to take a few deep breaths to clear your mind without avail. Kavdan must either stop what he is doing or you have to get rid of him.>Go meet Kavdan immediately, he must be stopped>Wait till morning and clearer head, he must now know that you are here and that you will be coming for him>Other, write in
>>4884926Well I'm beginning to wonder if maybe we should request the guards' assistance after all. What the fuck is that guy's problem? Does he think he can carve his own little empire in Southshore without getting stomped down? Or is he aware of something else sinister going on that would let him get away with it?>Go meet Kavdan immediately, he must be stopped.Probably better not give him time to dig in, escape or dispose of whatever clues and evidence he might be holding on.
>>4884926Wow Kavdan is a fucking jerk. I second a quick take-down, but I wonder if we can get some of Malebs guards with us before we confront him?
>>4884955Let's not forget that his gang and the community they operate in are still Alteraci. We still don't want this to become a bloodbath if we can help it. Malebs guards might improve our odds in a fight but likely reduce amount of the diaspora we can win over from Kavdan's leadership.
>>4884967You’re probably right (seeing as I havent read previous threads in this quest), maybe we should just go with our own people
>>4884926>>Go meet Kavdan immediately, he must be stopped.Time to see what can be done with words
>>4884926>>Go meet Kavdan immediately, he must be stopped
Number of local guards had come to the scene and you left the thugs and Beric to be under their care. You called your escorting footmen to you and told them what is going to happen next. You were going to march to where Kavdan is and stop him from continuing doing this.The Stromgarde Guards checked their shields and swords and with pure professionalism they followed you and looked more menacing than they really were.…There were fewer lamps in the Alteraci part of Southshore. Only a few houses had light coming out of their windows. You heard some noise and thought that it was either a cat or a lookout going to warn others. With most houses being built on both sides of a single road and Kavdan’s house on the other end, it felt like you would have to walk a gauntlet. As you continued walking, a few more lights came out of the buildings and you saw that maybe a dozen men appeared with their cudgels and clubs. Few more appeared in the distance or stayed watching from their doors or windows. As you and them walked towards each other you noticed who the man leading them was. He was the thug that had stopped you last time you visited Kavdan.“Benedict, I want to talk to Kavdan.” You shouted to him.“Can’t do that prince Alric.” He shouted back. Benedict was a large man with grey short hair and burly moustache. He was wearing cheap looking leather armour and a simple cap. Suitable uniform for a street thug that might face cudgels and maybe daggers, but not one to face footmen.“You will let me pass, or I will force my way through.” You said back to Benedict.“Is that a threat princeling?” He asked jokingly and his men laughed with him. “There are only five of you and we outnumber you four to one.”“And we have armour and live steel, step aside.” You shouted back.He did not step away as more people appeared to watch what was going on. 1/2
>>4884967Is the diaspora worth reclaiming? Where was their support all this time? They have been with an supporting Kavdan.
>>4885148Some of them left and joined our settlement.And in any event if we leave them as they are they are a liability. At best they will soil Alterac's name, at worst(?) they may be working with Syndicate
>>4885147Suddenly a familiar voice came from behind Benedict.“Benedict, please move.” Kavdan said and walked past them. “Good evening prince Alric, now please go and never return.”“I cannot do that Kavdan and you know that.”“That might be true, what do you want?” He sighed and said.“I want you to stop threatening people who are supportive of me. Do you know how far you have gone?”“Yes I know, I did it all to keep Alteracis here safe from your foolish endeavor doomed to fail and due to that I ordered Beric to be beaten as a message.” He just confessed to you.“Beric was stabbed and now one of your men is dead.” You immediately responded. “This cannot stand.You noticed Kavdan flinching a bit when he heard one of the men was dead. He wasn’t that big of a man and in the light of a lantern he now felt even smaller. Benedict was now looking at you and then Kavdan and back.“Who died?”“Man called Thomas.”“Shame, terrible shame. Another one died because of a Perenolde.” He said back to you.It was clear, this man had lost his mind. It isn’t just that he doesn’t want to see you potentially fail and cause turmoil and damage to the Alteraci people again, but now he is blaming you for something he has done. In his words you were rocking the boat in a small pond, but now it was him doing it.>Colonel Kavdan was a soldier for a long time, remind him what happens to a soldier who attacks their own people>Kavdan is respected by the Alteracis here, tell him that what he is doing now will be only doing harm to them>Tell Kavdan how you have fought against gnolls, saved Tarren Mill and how you have cooperated with everyone. You have friends and you aren’t alone in your mission to reclaim Alterac>Talking to him is pointless, arrest him and use force if it is required and deliver him to Southshore jail for ordering the assault of Beric>Other, write inQM: Will update later tomorrow, going to be a full day of real life stuff. So this vote has plenty of time for discussion and questions.
>>4885168I don't think there's any talking sense into Kavdan but hopefully we'll be able to get to those who follow him.I was thinking something along these lines:>Why was Beric meant to be harmed, Kavdan? Because he chose to believe that Alterac could stand again? Because he can see that our settlement grows, on good terms with its neighbours? That our people can live honest lives without resorting to extortion, without having to wallow in squalor? How can you continue to justify this to yourself, and to those loyal to you? You were an officer, once. How can you justify dragging children of Alterac down to level of thugs that will sooner or later be driven low by the town guard? Alteraci deserve better than this. Deep down you know this. I offer everyone here a choice. Stand down, stop harrying merchants for sustenance and return to Alterac where you can claim future for your children... or stay on your self-destructive path of disgrace, with all the consequences it brings.However, if he really does hate Perenoldes, does he truly work only for himself, or is that a charade?
>>4885226>>4885168I'm down for offing him, but I'll support this for now.
>>4885226Support good write in
>>4885168>>4885226Support.Glad to see this quest again.
>>4885168>>4885226 Support - nice speech!
You took a step forward towards Kavdan. Benedict and the thugs around him flinched a bit before you started to speak.“Why was Beric meant to be threatened and then harmed, Kavdan? Because he chose to believe that Alterac could stand again and for our people to call it their home again? Because he can see that our settlement grows and is on good terms with its neighbours? That our people can live honest lives without resorting to extortion, without having to wallow in squalor or being forced to live in their own quarters in the corners of towns and cities? How can you continue to justify this to yourself, and to those loyal to you?” You spoke to him and everyone around you. You saw that Kavdan was listening and so were others. “You were an officer once with over twenty years of serving the people. How can you justify dragging the people of Alterac down to the level of thugs that will sooner or later be driven low by the town guard? Because one too many threats or assaults and Maleb is going to send marshall Redpath to march in to kick some doors down. And at that moment, I cannot do anything for you.” Kavdan did not move, but the people around him became uneasy. You weren’t lying that if it wasn’t you, it would be Maleb who will make the choice to deal with Kavdan.“Alteraci deserve better than this and deep down you know this. I offer everyone here a choice. Stand down, stop harrying and threatening merchants and those who support me and return to Alterac where you can claim a future for your family and your children.” You said to the people around Kavdan before facing him again. “Or stay on your self-destructive path of disgrace, with all the consequences it brings.”For a moment there was silence, before Benedict threw his cudgel to ground.“You know Kavdan, it is not worth it.” Benedict said to him and just walked off. One by one the thugs threw away their weapons and went back to their homes.Kavdan looked around and saw people going back to their houses and shutting their windows and extinguishing their lanterns.“You are doomed to fail, you Perenolde brat.” He turned to face you and said with a voice of pure vitriol.It seemed that the people had left him and that they wouldn’t support him anymore. He was by all accounts alone. Now you just had to decide what to do with him.>Arrest him as a former soldier, who as the ringleader has attempted to harm the people of Alterac which is a treason. The sentence is death by hanging.>Arrest him and deliver him to Southshore jail, Beric might be your subject, but he is living in Southshore. So let them handle the justice.>He has lost his support, sentence him to immediate and indefinite house arrest. He is not to leave his house without a guard.>Do nothing, he is just a man who is now worth nothing.>Other, write inQM: Good write in
glad you guys liked it!>>4886311Hmm... letting him go will probably bite us in the ass down the line even if he doesn't succeed in rebuilding his gang here, and he might take vengeance on those who turned away from him before leaving.And we already recognized him as our problem so hanging is probably most straightforward thing to do here, but something bothers me about this...he certainly has quite a good bit less integrity than Radan does though so giving him the same deal would be unfair to the bandits.>"Seize him.">"Kavdan, you've made it clear how you feel about me, but you are still Alteraci and as such my responsibility. At the same time you committed your crimes under Southshore's jurisdiction. So you will be turned over to the guard. You will have until I've discussed extradition with the magistrate to come up with your defense.">Have him turned over to southshore's guard, with intention to discuss his fate with Maleb at nearest opportunity>Search his dwelling for clues and records in case he was working with something and to collect evidence of his criminal activities>If there are stolen goods in his place, have Benedict or someone else from the community see to it that they are returned.I mean, it's not as if we were going to drag him over to Durnholde and I'd rather not split our entourage to have him escorted separately. Maybe dispatch a runner to the Headlands to have him collected unless Maleb insists he wants to keep him around for some reason.
>>4886366>>4886311I support your cause and goals, noble Perenolde prince.Long Live Alric Perenolde!Long Live Alterac!
>>4886311Arrest him and give him to Southshore>>4886366And I support looking through his stuff, to see if he has connections of any kind
>>4886366Pretty good again Support It s a good idea and it should satisy the magistrate. It s kind of bad that Kavdan despise us so much, because of the infamous deeds of our family. But we can make it an oppurtunity for show our dedication, to repay and aid our people for all that happen. Perhaps if he could see that, even him could be convinced. A mighty deed would be needed, but in the reconquest there will be plenty of them on our prince road.
You singled out a pair of your footmen and waved them to you.“Kavdan, you've made it clear how you feel about me, but you are still an Alteraci and as such my responsibility. At the same time you have committed your crimes under Southshore's jurisdiction. So you will be turned over to the guards and what will happen to you will be decided by them.” You said to him and stepped back. “Arrest colonel Kavdan for ordering the assault and stabbing of Beric of Strahnbrad.”The two footmen approached Kavdan with one of them having drawn his sword. The second one carefully searched him and managed to find a dagger hidden inside his jacket. When it was clear that he didn’t have anything hiding on his body, the two footmen started to half escort and half drag him towards the town hall. It was evening and pretty dark, but you still had time to search his house. You and the two remaining footmen entered his small house and you were frankly disappointed. The main room was also a kitchen, there was his small bedroom and then a storage room.You went through his bedroom. Checking the bed, testing if there were any loose planks on the floor or the roof and then checking a small drawer. You didn’t like searching someone's clothing, but you found something. A pile of letters. You quickly went through them as they were just letters to his son asking how he has been and what is the weather. Nothing useful at all.The storage room meanwhile had something a bit more interesting. A set of well made armour that Kavdan wore during the Second War made by the smiths of Alterac. It was clear that the armour hadn’t been maintained for awhile, but you could easily see the brass trimming and the faded orange paint over the steel. This was once a fine set of armour and would be again after it is cleaned. A small box was also found that had the medals Kavdan once had earned. It was clear that he hadn’t opened the box or worn the medals in a long time.You didn't find anything else worth of note. No connections to bandits or to Syndicate or to other veterans of Alterac. Kavdan had lived a simple life in a simple house and now he has thrown it away.1/2
>>4886802You slept in an inn as sleeping in Beric’s warehouse wouldn’t be fitting with a large puddle of blood in the middle of it. Frankly you hadn’t slept that well as you had been thinking things. Why would Kavdan do all this? In the end your conclusion was that to him the memories of old Alterac were most precious and he wouldn’t want to witness its destruction again. So to him the fact that you were even trying was worth stopping.You went to the town hall and asked for a meeting with magistrate Maleb. Thankfully you didn’t have to wait as he was in his office. A clerk guided you in and delivered a fresh cup of tea.“Good morning prince Alric. I heard that you arrested Kavdan and gave him to our custody.” Maleb said to you. “Good work prince Alric, I think we can put this ‘Alteraci problem’ past us.”“I will have to agree.” You said and sipped the tea. “Kavdan is a troubled man who couldn’t face the fact that I try to reclaim Alterac and provide a home for my people.”“I see, well he has threatened people from my city and assaulted Beric. He will face judgement after being in jail for a week or two. We will send you a messenger when the trial is held.” Maleb said. “And here is the reward promised, it is on par with other similar bounties.”Maleb passed you a small bag of coins. It wasn’t much, but still something to make this worth it.“What are you planning to do next?” Asked Maleb.Gained1 Wealth from dealing with Kavdan>You will go to Durnholde to visit Lord Blackmoore and then later you will try to scout Alterac proper. Full truth.>You will visit Durnholde next, some business to do there. Winter makes doing things hard Partial truth.>Go back home and rest through the winter, it will be hard to do much with all the snow. Lie.>Other, write in
>>4886804We had plans to scout the mountains and the Gallow's Corner before venturing to Alterac proper, no?Although I suppose we do want to scout out Alterac sooner rather than later. And I'm also reminded we were advised to give our men some time off so maybe we could take it easy for the darkest of winter... maybe have a winter veil festival if circumstances allow?
>>4886804anyway for now I suppose there's no harm in telling him where we're headed, but there's no need to be concrete on where exactly we'll be poking either. I don't think the magistrate would work against us on purpose at t>You will visit Durnholde next, on invitation of Lord Blackmore>Afterwards, we will see. We are scouring our neighbourhood for miscreants that might threaten our people.
>>4886804>>You will go to Durnholde to visit Lord Blackmoore and then later you will try to scout Alterac proper. Full truth.I don't see any good reason to lie to him.
>>4886804>You will go to Durnholde to visit Lord Blackmoore and then later you will try to scout Alterac proper. Full truth.Better be honest now than this bitting us later, We should have some of our footmen arrenged to guard beric, just in case.Also, new armor baby!, finally we can have something to show off with our lion cloak.
>>4886804>You will visit Durnholde next, some business to do there. Winter makes doing things hard Partial truth.What benefit would telling him we intend to do scouting do for us? He could be sending information to others monitoring our actions....
“I will go visit Durnholde on invitation from Lord Blackmoore.” You told him and continued. “And if the winter allows it, we plan to send scouts and patrols into Alterac to gather information.”“To Durnholde?” Maleb asked, but immediately continued. “I guess it is one of Lord Blackmoores tournaments. There will be plenty of nobles and other folk there watching the games unfold.”“I plan on leaving today.” You said to him and used it as an excuse to stand up. “It will be a long ride and I intend to visit Beric before leaving.”“Thank you for coming prince Alric.” Maleb said and gave a small bow. “I wish you a good trip.”“Ahh one more thing, I nearly forgot. Magistrate Maleb, what will happen to Kavdan’s belongings now as he is in jail awaiting trial?”“They will be protected by the law and after the trial depending on the results they might be confiscated and given as compensation to the parties who have been hurt.”“Thank you magistrate.” You said to him and bowed as you left his office.…You visited Beric in the small hospital built next to the church. He was still tired from yesterday, but was in much better spirits after you told what had happened. He still would have to rest in bed for some time to allow the wound to heal properly before he can get back home.Meanwhile your escorting footmen had prepared your horse and the cart for the trip. This way you could be off immediately.1/2
>>4887795The ride towards Durnholde happened without an incident. Few travellers were on the road and after taking a lunch break at the Darrowmere river bridge, you had to fend off a few persistent traders trying to sell you all kinds of useless things. That really was the most notable thing during the travel.The weather had turned to somewhat damp the closer you got to Durnholde. A slight drizzle had turned into sleet and finally into snow which made you and your escorts quite uncomfortable. You had your mountain lion pelt keeping you somewhat dry, but the footmen had to huddle in the cart or jump off to warm up and jog beside you for a moment. Soon thankfully you saw the Durnholde Keep and knew that there would be warmth there.The guards quickly opened the gate when you shouted who you were and several of them came guiding you towards the stables. Having dismounted it did not take a long time for you to hear your name called by a familiar voice.“Prince Alric, it is my pleasure to see you here.” Karramyn Langston said and bowed to you. “Immediately as I was told that you had arrived, I made my way here.”“Thank you Langston. I thought hard about coming here as the gladiators aren’t really my thing.” You told him the truth, you didn’t care that much about gladiators. “But the last part of the invite piqued my interest.”Langston had a wide smile when you mentioned that.“Lord Blackmoore won’t accept visitors this evening, but it is very plausible that tomorrow evening you could meet him as after that more visitors will come and having a private conversation will become more difficult.”By your count from tomorrow it will be six days till the tournament starts. Perhaps you had arrived a bit too soon.…It was morning. The room you had been given was bigger and more lavish than the one you slept in last time you were here. Before going into bed you had wondered that maybe Arthas had used this room.The guards, clerks and assistants were clearly given orders to handle you like a real prince. They were way more courteous than before and kept their distance. Nevertheless after you had eaten breakfast, you would have time to kill before the evening and meeting Lord Blackmoore.>You have your armour and equipment so go sparring with the footmen and the knights of Durnholde>Go exploring the keep, last time you got lost so maybe this time you could see the battlements from inside>Spend this time reading the history book you took with you>Other, write in
>>4887800Hmm... decisions... checking on Taretha, though that would likely be suspicious... and she might be busy servicing Blackmore anyway. I wonder who else is already in.For now I'd say>You have your armour and equipment so go sparring with the footmen and the knights of Durnholde
>>4887800>You have your armour and equipment so go sparring with the footmen and the knights of DurnholdeSo far we haven't lost in any spar yet, so we need to keep the streak!
>>4887800>>You have your armour and equipment so go sparring with the footmen and the knights of Durnholdewe can read the book at night
>>4887800>You have your armour and equipment so go sparring with the footmen and the knights of DurnholdeBook later.
Since the expedition against the gnolls you have been quite light on sparring as you have been concentrating on being a prince and studying the books and playing chess. Now with time to kill, it would be perfect to do some sparring. The soldiers of Durnholde are well trained so you might learn something from them.It did not take long for you to put on your armour and make your way to the yard. The recruits and soldiers there paused for a moment, before you waved your hand to signal them to carry on. After a warmup you picked up a training sword and a small wooden shield and joined the footmen in training.…It had been light sparring and not that physical mostly, different ways to disarm, go around the shield of your opponent or trying to cause them to fall on the ground. All very useful skills to train the finesse of a footman. You mostly knew all the lessons, but you found enjoyment in first disarming a footman easily, then showing how it was done and finally seeing them succeed.You had taken a short break to drink cold water and stretch a bit when Langston had appeared on the yard. He waved at you and walked to you.“So you are here sparring with our men.” He said and took a cup of water too. “Prince Alric, what do you think of them?”“They are learning, these are good lessons.” You said to him and tried to be diplomatic. This group to you were still fresh recruits.“Well prince Alric, they are going to bring Thrall out soon. Lord Blackmoore wants it ready for the tournament so they are going to throw it different opponents.” Langston said with a smile. “Do you want to fight it again? Of course with training weapons only.”>Fight against Thrall, you aren’t really tired from the sparring and your body feels fresh>Decline as you wouldn’t want to be tired when meeting with Lord Blackmoore>Other, write in
>>4888170Hmm... we did tell him we'd like to spar again sometime. But it would probably be better not to turn up at the meeting straight out of a difficult fight.>Decline as you wouldn’t want to be tired when meeting with Lord Blackmoore
>>4888170>Fight against Thrall, you aren’t really tired from the sparring and your body feels freshI doubt we'll get another chance.
>>4888170>>Decline as you wouldn’t want to be tired when meeting with Lord Blackmoore
>>4888170>Fight against Thrall, you aren’t really tired from the sparring and your body feels freshIt's a rare opportunity, and one that is suggested to us rather than us looking like we're going out of our way to interact with the orc. Also a chance to spar while we're both fresh, rather than Thrall being tired by the footmen.
>>4888170I’ll switch to dueling to break the tie.Because we after all did say we look forward to the chance.Although I don’t think we’ll have shortage of interactions with him in the future one way or another.
The question caught you off guard, but you didn’t have to think about the answer much. You were eager for this fight for some reason.“A second fight against Thrall? I will accept this offer gladly.” You said and finished your cup of water and took a second one that you finished just as fast.“Excellent. Standby prince Alric, I will instruct the guards and they will bring Thrall out in a moment."You gave a nod to Langston who left to arrange this. Meanwhile you continued to stretch and mentally prepare for the fight.…You had moved into the training area where the sparring would happen and gathered a large group of curious watchers ranging from the recruits and soldiers to the clerks, stablehands and now your escorts too. One of them had asked you if this was smart and you did answer that probably not. Thrall would be a fresh opponent, but now it would be a fair fight.You didn’t have to wait for long for the guards to escort Thrall to the yard. He blocked the sun from blinding him for a moment before turning his eyes upon you and for a moment you saw that he was surprised. He did realize what would happen when a guard gave him a training sword and a shield similar to yours. You thought that Thrall had grown a tiny bit since you had seen him last time.Langston had started to talk about something, but you had tuned it out from your mind. You gave a small nod to Thrall and noticed him give one back to you. You lowered your visor and locked your eyes on Thrall. Taking two steps forward you raised your sword and shield to a high stance. At that moment Thrall let out a loud cry and charged you.>Alteraci Footman Drill, take the charge head on and trust in your parries and ripostes>Thrall is fresh now and most likely has better stamina, you need to finish this quickly so go for high risk high reward attacks>The lessons from the sparring, disarming, going around the shield and getting your opponent off balance are the keys to victory>Other, write in>1d6>Best three of fourQM: Please roll and choose the tactic. Weekend will be busy so I somewhat want to have handled this fight before it.
Rolled 5 (1d6)>>4888727We’re gonna get rekt this time for sure desuLets give the men demonstration how well our lessons (don’t) stand up against an orc.>The lessons from the sparring, disarming, going around the shield and getting your opponent off balance are the keys to victory
Rolled 5 (1d6)>>4888727>>The lessons from the sparring, disarming, going around the shield and getting your opponent off balance are the keys to victory
Rolled 6 (1d6)>>4888727>The lessons from the sparring, disarming, going around the shield and getting your opponent off balance are the keys to victory
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>4888727>The lessons from the sparring, disarming, going around the shield and getting your opponent off balance are the keys to victory
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>4888727>The lessons from the sparring, disarming, going around the shield and getting your opponent off balance are the keys to victoryHis center of mass is (likely) higher than ours, let's trip him up! Useless roll, go!
>16, successYou blocked the attack that came from the charge with your shield and redirected Thrall's sword with your own. He tried different slashes and jabs that you easily blocked or parried. Next you went into offense and tried to find a way to get in, three successive strikes were all blocked and both of you made some distance from each other. It was clear to both that normal sword fighting wouldn’t win this fight.Thrall started again and tried to hit you with a wild wide swing from the left. You blocked the strike with your shield and felt the impact on your arm. Thrall had a severe advantage in strength.Thinking quickly what to do, you saw your opening. Thrall tried a quick stab that you barely deflected with your shield, before trying to push the sword away and mid movement yanked it to your right. Your shield skimmed off from his blade and smacked hard on his shield as the same time your sword slapped hard on his left thigh. The first hit of the fight came from using your shield as a diversion to get around his shield.Thrall again went for an attack, this time going for a strong downward strike. You blocked the strike and tried to catch his sword with the guard of yours, but Thrall had learned from your last fight and pulled his sword away. Both of you made some space between each other.To Thrall's surprise and to your own, this time you went for the attack. You made deliberate attacks and blocks as you tried to reach around Thrall's sword and shield, but without much success. Thrall is too strong for you to wrestle his weapon or shield away. Finally you managed to slip past his shield and got a hit on his right arm before you quickly dropped to a knee and allowed the momentum of your sword smack right into his left thigh again. Thrall's counter swing struck into your shield hard and you really felt it in your arm. His training sword splintered into pieces from the power of the strike.Thrall took a few steps away and threw the remnants of the sword away. Two red marks were on his left thigh and you knew that those would hurt. Stretching your shield arm and taking some deep breaths in you prepared for another go.>This was working, you were getting some light hits in. Continue fighting smart and attempting to disarm him.>Target his left thigh. After a moment his mobility starts to suffer. Play the long fight.>You have to hit harder if you want to get Thrall down, go for high risk high reward.>Alteraci Footman Drill. Parries and ripostes.>1d6 >Best three of four QM: Roll and choice
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>4888948>Target his left thigh. After a moment his mobility starts to suffer. Play the long fight.He's weary of being disarmed thanks to our last fight. Let's switch things up! Also just remembered he's supposed to be 13 at this point, hence his growth. Let's hope we're a good influence on the kid.
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>4888948>Target his left thigh. After a moment his mobility starts to suffer. Play the long fight.I don't think trying to parry an orc is a good idea so let's try to impair his combat capabilities
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>4888948>Alteraci Footman Drill. Parries and ripostes.Hey we don't want to mess up his leg before the tournament right?
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>4888948>>Target his left thigh. After a moment his mobility starts to suffer. Play the long fight.
>>4888948>>This was working, you were getting some light hits in. Continue fighting smart and attempting to disarm him.Going for the weak point might give him a valuable lesson or two but I kinda don’t want to cripple him for the tourney...
And Blackmore will probably not be happy if his champion gets impaired by injury...
>>4889413one way or another Blackmore will find a way to make thrall lose ang get angry at him and us but ok>>4889011>>4888974i change my choice to this.>This was working, you were getting some light hits in. Continue fighting smart and attempting to disarm him.
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>4888948>>This was working, you were getting some light hits in. Continue fighting smart and attempting to disarm him.
>10, failureThrall was stronger and faster, but his leg will start bothering him sooner or later. Thrall received a new training sword and you let him pick it up. Thrall gave you a nod and started walking towards you.You exchanged a few strikes that were easily blocked when Thrall came with a really strong wipe. You immediately knew that you couldn't parry the strike of that strength so you braced yourself and let the strike hit your shield. The new sword broke apart from the strike and you had to take several steps to gain your balance. It was actually a bit scary how strong Thrall was.Thrall threw the broken sword on the ground and again got himself a new sword. You stretched your left arm that now was somewhat hurting from the heavy strikes and noticed how your shield felt somewhat flimsy. You gave a nod to Thrall and opened with a good slash that was blocked, this gave Thrall the opening to deliver a great downward strike which was what you wanted. You caught the sword with your guard and as you expected Thrall avoided getting his sword leveraged from his hand by pulling it quickly back. This gave you opening as you wanted this to happen. A left to right slash impacted Thrall's left thigh and returning swing from right left another red mark on his green skin.Both Thrall’s sword and shield were free and he delivered yet another strong strike on your shield before bashing it with his own shield. The force of the bash made you lose your balance, but you thankfully quickly recovered. Thrall pressed on with a flurry of attacks that you barely had time to block these attacks. He pressed on with his advantage and for the first time in this fight you felt like you were really losing.Thrall’s sword arm was still fresh or it felt fresh as all the strikes felt just as powerful as the first one. Another strong overhead downward strike came that you blocked with your shield and as Thrall was preparing to go for another you saw his left leg lagging a bit behind. You overextended yourself and delivered a thrust at his left thigh. The hits from wooden training swords hurt like hell so you can just imagine how badly a thrust hurts.1/2
>>4889739This thought was a mistake on your part and you received the receipt immediately after you had regained your stance. Thrall’s training sword splintered on your shield with such a big impact that the flimsy shield finally broke apart.Now your left arm hurt really bad as you shook the remnants of your shield off. Your arm wasn't broken, but the consecutive strikes had taken a great toll on it. Same time you saw a small trickle of blood on Thrall’s thigh from where the thrust had hit. Then you saw the results of his work, Thrall couldn’t put that much weight on his left leg and was slightly dragging it behind. Thrall was breathing more heavily, but he wasn’t exhausted yet. Meanwhile your breathing had turned into quite heavy, you just lack the stamina to go really long in fights.You gave a look around and tried to see if anyone would give you a new shield, but that didn’t happen. Realizing that you had only your sword, you moved your left hand on its hilt and prepared for another round of attacks.>You need to finish this quickly, high risk high reward.>Half-swording gives you more leverage and Thrall has a weak leg. You can make him fall.>Longswording with a training sword is not optimal, it gives you a lot more control on your blade, accurate strikes are needed here.>Other, write in>1d6 >Best three of four QM: Oh damn, the thread didn't update for some reason as I was writing the update. I could have easily went for the fighting smart and disarming style that actually won the vote and not the targeting leg one. Sorry about that.
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>4889743>>Half-swording gives you more leverage and Thrall has a weak leg. You can make him fall.well I guess there's no way to go but forward. Let's press what little advantage we have... conservatively.(if I'm understanding the fight right)
Rolled 3 (1d6)>>4889743>Half-swording gives you more leverage and Thrall has a weak leg. You can make him fall.
Rolled 5 (1d6)>>4889743We gain some, we lose some, no problem with the vote, happens to everybody.>You need to finish this quickly, high risk high reward.No risk no gain and one way or another this fight needs to end.
Rolled 6 (1d6)>>4889743So we potentially inflict two light injuries or a single medium one? Given that he has already a bruised leg.>You need to finish this quickly, high risk high reward.
>>4889743>>You need to finish this quickly, high risk high reward.Half swording is a cool flex but it's for facing armoured opponents, not guys who can just body you.
Rolled 4 (1d6)>>4889743>You need to finish this quickly, high risk high reward.Useless roll, go!
>15, successThrall nodded and let out a cry as he jumped into action. Forcing himself to take several quick steps to close the distance, Thrall prepared to cut you down with yet another strong strike from above. It must have been frustrating for him to keep breaking the training swords and failing to deal that final blow.You raised your sword above your head into a high stance and in the final possible moment sidestepped Thrall and slammed your sword into his ribs. You quickly pivoted around to face his swing that you blocked. Your return swing was blocked by Thrall’s shield and you redirected his next strike with your sword. Another dangerous opening was there and you delivered a second overhead strike into his ribs.Thrall responded immediately with a cry and bashed you straight into your chest with his shield the same way as you had finished your last fight with him. Even being tired his strength was enough to send you flying back and you crashed on the dirt. The fight would have been there, but Thrall’s left leg made him just slow enough for you to roll back on your feet and avoid his next attack.Not letting either him or you to catch breath, you went back into attack. Your next three attacks were aimed at his torso and they all were either parried or blocked. You panted heavily as all strikes took toll on you. You needed that big opening, you had to make one.1/2
>>4890069You raised your sword again on the high stance telegraphing an overhead strike. Thrall saw it and reacted by telegraphing his parry. You dashed a few steps and for your luck Thrall moved his right leg back to better absorb your strike. At the final moment before delivering your overhead downward strike you moved your sword from right side of your head to left side and hit a hell of a left to right swing directly into Thrall’s left thigh.Thrall let out a cry as your sword snapped in two from the force of the strike and he fell on his right knee as his left leg couldn’t carry his weight any more. With a ruined training sword in hand you bashed your plated right knee right into Thrall’s chest with a great momentum. The orc way bigger than you started to fall on his back with you on top of him.With a crash Thrall was down with your right knee on his chest. Thrall tried to get his training sword and shield between you and him, but you were faster. The remnants of your sword found Thrall’s throat and stopped there. He immediately realized that you had won.“I think... I won.” You said between deep breaths with a hoarse voice and just rolled to your left and crashed on the sand on your back. You had never felt this tired. Your left arm felt like it was on fire from the pain and exhaustion and rest of your body didn’t fare any better.Since when captain Garside had started training you how to fight, it had always been with him. For years you had fought only him and it really was just starting from this year you had started to fight with others. First it was the kobolds and their large chief. Then the gnolls with Steelhead. Both of these opponents were brutish and relied on their strength and unsophisticated attacks. But Thrall was different, he fought like a mix of these two. He knew the tactics and fighting of men, but he was an orc and had the brutish quality in everything he did.As one of the Stromgarde Guards carefully pulled your bascinet off your head and guided a waterskin on your lips, you felt even in this extreme exhaustion happy. You had enjoyed your fight with Thrall. Gained>Dueling Proficiency, when fighting against single opponents, Alric is in his element. Fights that are pure duels are easier for him.>Drink the water and pass the waterskin to Thrall before helping him up. Show him your respect>Drink the water and slowly rise up. Give Thrall a nod of respect>Drink the water and rise up on your own time. Don’t show Thrall respect>Other, write inQM: The DCs were 14,14,14 with the choices taken in the fight. Will try to update later this evening, but after that the updates can be sporadic till Monday evening.
>>4890074Tough fight, and we got lucky.Also, sweet perk.>Drink the water and slowly rise up. Give Thrall a nod of respectI'm of half mind going for the offering him waterskin option, but we still need to be wary of showing much of respect for an orc.
>>4890074>Drink the water and pass the waterskin to Thrall before helping him up. Show him your respectAn honest duel deserves true respect and dignity given to all involved. Win or lose one should always strive to be a honorable man. A disrespectful winner is worse than a sore loser.
>>4890074>>Drink the water and pass the waterskin to Thrall before helping him up. Show him your respect
Although I agree with the sentiment, keep in mind the reason why Alterac was destroyed, and that we are surely under constant scrutiny especially when Orcs are involved.I hope that by the time we are forced into contact with frost wolves we will have good enough name among our neighbours that we can get away by having peaceful relations with them without having Terenas send Alliance expedition to wipe us out.
>>4890127First impressions are everything in both life and politics. If we disrespect Thrall now when he is beaten and helpless it will not matter how much we kiss his ass when he is free and in control of the new horde. He will only ever see us as a wretched worm sucking up to the new power in the world so that he does not stomp us in to paste.The same thing goes with king Terenas and the rest of the Alliance. If we show anything but pure honer and integrity to any of our fellow kingdoms we will be seen as nothing more than a bandit prince just like our older brother is now. We need to walk a raiser thin line of being both the honorable prince and the perfect knight of the realm. If we show dishonor at any time we will be stomped on like a bug by anyone or even everyone all at the same time.It sucks being the son of a traitor.
>>4890156This is not our first impression with him though. We’ve made an alright one with both him and Taretha.
>>4890074>>Drink the water and pass the waterskin to Thrall before helping him up. Show him your respectI don't really care that much about what Blackmoore & the Durnholders will think of us, desu.
>>4890074>Drink the water and pass the waterskin to Thrall before helping him up. Show him your respectWharever happens, happens, we are just showing our respect from one warrior to another.
>>4890166You got to keep up appearances with everyone you meet at all times. If you do not then people start thinking you are untrustworthy at best and at worst they think you are a traitorous scumbag like dear old dad was and start unsheathing swords.
>>4890204Well, the middle option was consistent with our previous interaction. Giving a measure of respect to the warrior while not going out of our way to treat him as friend or equal. Although in fairness we didn’t beat him up as much last time.Well we’ll see how the gesture will come across.
>>4890074>Drink the water and slowly rise up. Give Thrall a nod of respect.It is not like he can't get a drink for himself. He is Blackmoore's pet gladiator.
>>4890074>Drink the water and pass the waterskin to Thrall before helping him up. Show him your respect.>Comment on his growth (figurative and literal), he gave us quite the fight.I'm alright with both the top and middle desu, but I think we can simply hand wave it as being exalted by a thrilling spar. If someone questions us, just claim it's a reward for a fun time.
>>4890258yeah, if we are confronted we can say how it is - it was a natural gesture of respect from one warrior to another; after all in the fight the rank or title means nothing, you are equally dead whether blade is held by a lord, a peasant or an orc
>>4890248Blackmoore treats Thrall like shit because he is a drunken inbred idiot that is envious of king Terenas because he has a big and shiny crown that Blackmoore wants bad enough that he tried to turn Thrall into his brainwashed secret slave that would lead all of the orcs in the internment camps to overthrow the Alliance with nothing more than there magic crack addicted body's and there shaky bare hands.It is safe to assume that Blackmoore has never once had a good idea in his wasted brain in his entire life.
>>4890263He is also Lord of this castle and big enough animal that Uther the Lightbringer restrains his own principles to avoid confronting him.
>>4890267Yeah that is why we do not try to piss him off at all costs and kiss his boots at every chance we get. Because if he ever goes into a drunken rage and wants to kill us and all of our friends and family for the fun of it he can do so and there is nothing we can do about it right now.Later when we are strong enough to do so we may kill him and take his lands if Thrall has not done it first. But before then we got to get real good at kissing his boots if we want to live.
>>4890074>>Drink the water and slowly rise up. Give Thrall a nod of respectIt should be really obvious that we can't show too much respect to an Orc while people are watching.
> o7vKY6CU> pILfaGyC> sHTupE6i> ISH5cu7oI just noticed that we all have a similar colour on our IDs.
>>4890428Green ids are orc infiltrators, don't trust anything they say!
>>4890074>Drink the water and pass the waterskin to Thrall before helping him up. Show him your respectYou fight well.
>>4890109>>4890117>>4890172>>4890197>>4890258>>4890484You all know what happened to our father when he helped the Orcs, right?
>>4890502In fairness our father did more than just help the orcs, he actively sided with the fel horde in defiance of his Alliance obligations and supported them in fight against other human kingdoms, including attempted assassination of Uther Lightbringer or Kirin Tor abductions.We do not live in age where this nuance would matter much though. Orcs are a beaten enemy and there's no notion of civil rights for them among people who lost their families to the rampage. Demon participation is not common knowledge and even if it were it would make little difference to most, with exceptions in more sensitive people like Taretha.Fraternizing with them is going to be extremely dangerous for us unless we gain such overwhelming good reputation with multiple notable actors in the area that they would vouch for our intentions and integrity. Magistrates of Southshore and Tarren Mill are good start, but we're going to need Uther and Trollbane, perhaps someone important enough in Dalaran and ideally Arthas on our side if we don't want to invite Terenas to finish the job.
>>4890531Really all we need to do is keep up the good little fallen prince act while throwing as many bones to as many people as we can to get a good reputation. That way we can get out form under the toxic shadow of our father and live our life the way we want to without regrets.But it really does depend on us doing the best we can for everyone we meet at all times what with how big of a fuckup dear old dad was. Hell it is most likely going to be so hard and take so long to restore our reputation on our own. That at best the soonest we can even hope to rejoin the Alliance as a member state is when the old one falls and the new one in Stormwind is set up afterwards. And that is most likely only because the new Alliance will be so starved of ally's that they will even stoop to asking us for help and to join with then. Mostly to stop the Scourge of undead and the Forsaken from spreading further after the fall of the Alliance.And boy oh boy is that going to be a shit job to deal with when it happens.
>>4890595Wouldn't it be amusing if we said no, and just formed a northern alliance of reject races with the BElfs and forsaken? :^)
>>4890074>Drink the water and pass the waterskin to Thrall before helping him up. Show him your respectWe're not doing it because he's an ork but despite the fact he was, he fought well and with honor.If Blackmore says shit we can just fluff him with a complement before he says anything, just tell him "you've trained him well, he fights good if a bit brutishly."
>>4890652The Blood Elf's rejected them selves and sanity the moment they changed there drug dealers and started to smoke from the orcs old crack pipe. And the Forsaken try to pretend to be normal bad people with a skin condition when the truth is they are just a man eating bio weapon made by demons to murder the world.So personally joining up with ether of them just seems to be a bad idea. What with being demon crack heads or undead monsters trying to trick you into thinking they are human long enough to get into biting range.
>>4890595>>4890652We also have yet to figure out how to deal with our dear elder brother and the Syndicate. Technically as our elder he'd have better claim on the throne, no?The scourge is meta territory and still some time off. I wonder if we'll be relevant enough for OP's namesake to visit us. Assuming we are still alive by then.
>>4890678blood elves were unjustly rejected before they turned to feeding off Illidan's manjuice iirc, they only turned to fel when they followed him to Outland.Elves that are stuck beyond dark portal with Trollbane's unit or the ones following Jaina seem fine even without the sunwell.
>>4890595Well we will use other oppurtunies that present themselves, and do good actions whenever we can.So far we did just that, and acted like a good man. Which is something most can like
You drank the water eagerly and let half of it splash on your face. The cold water swept away sweat from your face and made you wake up for the cheers in the yard."Sire, that was one hell of a fight." Said the Stromgarde Guard giving you the waterskin.You faintly nodded and grimaced when you pushed yourself up into a sitting position. Next to you Thrall was still on his back breathing heavily and as you looked down for the waterskin, you saw your breastplate having a serious dent in it from the shield bash.You threw the waterskin to Thrall who let it impact on his chest. He turned his head towards you with a questioning look."Drink, if you are as tired as I am you need it."Thrall nodded and pushed himself up and drank the waterskin empty. As he drank, you stood up with the help of your footman. You stretched your left arm and went through full range of motion. It did hurt like hell, but nothing felt broken. The people on the yard started to disperse a bit and go back to their own training.You looked at Thrall and extended your right arm. He again gave you this questioning look before taking your arm. With a small grunt you helped Thrall to get up."It was a good fight." You said with a smile on your otherwise tired face.Thrall did not say anything, but gave a simple nod as he let go of your hand. Pair of his guards came and started to escort him back inside the keep to his jail."Didn't believe I would see this." Karramyn Langston said to you. "First time Thrall has lost during training in a long time. Long time it has been pushed this far too.""Thrall had learned." You said back. "Knew my tricks from our last sparring session."Karramyn hadn't recognised that during the fight, but you had."Nevertheless, I will arrange a bath for you and get one of our smiths to check your armour." He said and knocked the dent. "I will send someone to pick you up later."You said faint thanks and hobbled to the water barrel. You would drink many cups of water to exhaust the thirst.1/2
>>4890717Langston had reserved the whole bathing room for you. A large bathtub had been made ready with some scented oils lingering in the air. It really felt like a bath fitting for a prince.As you carefully lowered yourself into the bathtub, it felt like heaven. The hot water immediately started to alleviate your pain and as you washed yourself, it felt like you were washing the tiredness and post-fight tension away too.You could actually get used to baths like this.…You had taken a bath and eaten quite well, you had checked your clothing and made yourself look as good as possible, which to be honest wasn't much. You did look more like a mercenary than a prince. As you put your chaperon on your head, you did notice that your hair had grown a bit longer from the usual length you kept it.At that moment one of Durnholdes footmen came to pick you up and escort you to meet Lord Blackmoore. The walk to his study from your room wasn't that long and soon you were in it.Lord Blackmoore sat behind his table and was cutting an apple with a dagger. The escorting footman left the room closing the door behind you. It was just you, Blackmoore and Langston."Prince Alric, thank you for coming." Blackmoore said to you and laid his eyes on you. "I heard from Langston that you beat my Thrall in a training fight.""Lord Blackmoore, it is my pleasure to be here." You said and gave a slight bow. "And yes I did beat Thrall, but if it had been real blades it could have gone either way. He fought really well.""Perhaps you are correct." Blackmoore said and waved his hand dismissively. "Please sit we have things to talk."As you sat down, Langston gave you a goblet which he filled with wine. You noticed that he was sweating and bit nervous."So what did you think about Thrall when you fought it? This brutish orc fighting with a cunning and movements of a human." Blackmoore said with certain pride in his voice.>He fought really well. Your training regime has been excellent. >He still has a lot to learn with your previous sparring session and this fight being good examples>He still makes mistakes, but those mistakes are something he will learn from. >Other, write in
>>4890719well, it's true. And I guess Blackmoore is pissed he lost anyway.>"Indeed, it's quite a powerful combination. I was lucky to have been tested against other beastly adversaries fairly recently, but even then it took all my skill and then some luck to be able to stand against the orc."
>>4890729support sound ok, i wonder where Blackmoore wants to go with this argument.
I'm thinking whether we should avoid actually drinking that wine. I have a bad feeling about this.
>>4890719>Other, write inLets change things up a bit for old Blackmoore. Let us ask him instead why he is trying to make a slave orc like Thrall so powerful a warrior that he can beat any human fighter he comes across. It just seems so weird that a jailer is trying to make one of his prisoners so strong that he can break free of his cell.
>>4890688That is because the high elf's went full cold turkey when it comes to magic as they are hard core like that. The blood elf's are a bunch of gutless cowards that did not have the stones to give up on the magic drugs and went for the hard shit after they ran out of the safe arcane magics of the Sunwell. The blood elf's brought most of the bad things that happened to them onto themselves. I mean other than that one human asshole that tried to kill them all that one time.Ok and that other human asshole that tried to execute them all because there prince had somehow found a way to win a certain death mission by asking for the help of fish people.And the time that female human asshole tried to kill all of there magic users with ice magic.
>>4890719>He's certainly improving, I don't think I've ever been this pushed by a singular opponent before. I wouldn't mind learning your training regime for him.Or something to that effect. Praising both, and showing interest. Work that ego like a shaft, and see if we can get something out of it.
>>4890719>>4890729>>4890935I support a combination of these two.
>>4891055I support your support.Maybe throw in that he had a thigh injury that he was still recovering from that we were able to exploit, or that if thrall was fully recovered from his last spar it might have been a much closer fight.
What do you guys thing about Langston’s sweating?Is he just nervous because he got submitted to Blackmoore’s tantrum, or because he’s about to feed us rohypnol and we’re going to wake up in cell with Thrall?If the guy us willing to go that far, our men are probably dead by now. I guess we’re going to be unwilling participants in the arena afterwards.
>>4891491No no i am fairly sure that this is not that type of story. For the most part anyway. Most likely Blackmoore is just trying to gain control of us thru both a bit of flattery and a whole hell of a lot of good old fashioned intimidation.He will most likely start off with trying to charm us into being on his side when it comes to the politics of the Alliance. And when that fails to work because we have no interest in him or his prison camps he will get pissed off as we try to untangle our selves from his slimy clutches.That is when the real Blackmoore comes out from behind the poorly made mask. And he tries to threaten us into submission like the thug and bully he truly is at heart.
>>4891501I am quite curious what exactly he might plan to ask of us. Barring throwing us into the pit it could be some deniable clandestine shit that could harm his position in Alliance. That would allow him to benefit from whatever scheme he has in mind while allowing for future opportunity to throw us under the bus if it became unfavorable to him later.If he does drug us though I’d like to at least ask he spares our men with our last breath, maybe Langston would be able to convince or defy him later.
>>4891491I thought it was more basic like his prize Mandingo fighter, which lost and he's worried it will make him look bad and stupid at the tournament.
You had to quickly think what to say."Indeed, it's quite a powerful combination. I was lucky to have been tested against other beastly adversaries fairly recently, but even then it took all my skill and then some luck to be able to stand against your orc." You said and took a sip of the wine before continuing. "Thrall is certainly improving and growing. He has learned from our previous sparring session as one of my tricks didn't work. I don't think I've ever been pushed this far by a singular opponent before and I wouldn't mind learning your training regime for Thrall."Blackmoore didn’t say anything as he drank his own wine. Having finished his cup, Blackmoore waved Langston to fill it again."Thrall is growing it is sure and how we train it tries to maximise this growth, is not suitable for a prince like you." Blackmoore continued with a smile. You didn’t know how well the answer had worked, but you felt like Blackmoore was happy. "Now less about my orc and more about why I called you here." Blackmoore stood up and walked in the middle of his study. You followed him with your eyes as you continued to enjoy the wine."Last time we met we had our differences and I wish to put them behind us. Langston here called them a minor squabble between lords of the land, am I right Langston?""You are correct my lord." Langston answered."Langston here said that asking you to come could be useful to me and to be frank I wasn't so sure about that, but Langston insisted that it would be worth it. And then I realized." Blackmoore said and walked to a large banner. It was his design of black falcon on red. "Me and you are alike.""Lord Blackmoore, could you please explain as I am not that familiar of your background." You asked somewhat confused, but tried to avoid showing it."My father betrayed Alterac and sided with Stromgarde in one of the many border skirmishes before the First War. He would die of a fever shortly after and I would have to work twice as hard with the label 'son of a traitor' on my back." Blackmoore said to you. "Just like you."You knew that Blackmoore had worked hard to reach his current position, but that his father was an Alteraci."I see you understand it now. I am an Alteraci just like you are and Langston here made me understand that. I had the whole world against me and so will you. Do you think Uther keeps you around without a reason? To him you are just a tool to use. King Terenas has to keep the squabbling Alliance together with Stromgarde, Dalaran and Quel'Thalas not forgetting what your father did to them. One word of his and Uther comes to claim your head. He has once destroyed Alterac and he will do it for a second time."You listened patiently at what Blackmoore was speaking and there was a hint of truth in it. You will have to carefully balance your actions and make sure to not give king Terenas or anyone else a reason to go against you.1/3
>>4892403"And because me and you are similar, it would be beneficial for us to cooperate. If they cannot help you, then I can. Isn’t that right Langston?""My lord, it is a very good idea." He said back.Blackmoore had walked to a map table and waved you to see it. The map was the partial map of Lordaeron with the Durnholde Keep in the middle and all the internment camps marked to it."This is the issue, the internment camps are a huge weight in the budget of the Alliance and no kingdom is ready to increase taxation to pay for more guards anymore. Without their wealth I cannot hire more guards officially and during foreign inspections I have had to move guards around to make it look like the camps are at full strength. If they weren’t it would look bad and they would find someone else to do my job and I don't want that." Blackmoore explained and continued. "Now I have my own businesses and Thrall has made me a small fortune already, but I cannot go and recruit men officially with my coin. If I were to get more soldiers with my own wealth, they would start asking questions why I couldn't contribute more for the camps which would lead into less coin from the budget. Do you understand what I am saying?""I think I do." You said to him. More wealth Blackmoore puts officially into the camps himself, less wealth he is going to get from the budget for the camps. Or at least that is what he is fearing."That is why you are here prince Alric. I want to hire your soldiers to bolster the security of the camps. I would pay you completely unofficially and under the table from my own wealth, your men would wear our tabards and they would eat our food. I could write in the reports of the increased number of guards, but with the same budget as before. That should keep the kings happy, to see how many men their coin can get, especially as I have been complaining about how strict the budget has been. No one else would know that the new guards are actually your soldiers.""That is a lot to ask Lord Blackmoore. I do have uses for my own men too." You answered back to him."Langston knew you would say that so we thought you might need some 'encouragement'." Blackmoore said and walked back to the table he sat originally at. Langston came carrying a small chest that he slammed on the table. "Prince Alric, this is a very good deal to accept." Langston said to you and spoke more. "Just like we fought against the gnolls in the forest, I would like to have you on our side."Blackmoore opened the chest and said. "If you agree, this and much more could be yours."The chest was full of coins, it was hard for you to estimate how much, but it was at least as much as the bounty you got from the gnolls or more."What do you think prince Alric, shall we cooperate?" Blackmoore asked and placed his hand on your shoulder. 2/3
>>4892410You felt like Blackmoore wouldn't accept haggling now. Either yes or no answer felt suitable for the moment. That much coin was a lot and you would need it, but it was also a clear bribe. It wouldn't feel right to take it, but it would be for Alterac. The new buildings you could build with it and troops to recruit would make the eventual entry into Alterac much easier.Durnholde deal offer:>Lord Blackmoore is ready to pay you 1 Wealth per 20 soldiers. Durnholde provides upkeep and you can recall the men at the start of each season. >Accept the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and be prepared to provide at least 20 soldiers at the start of spring season for multiple seasons.>Decline the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and the deal. You need those men yourself.Current amount of troops available:-20 Veteran Footmen-20 Regular Kul Tiran Swashbucklers-10 Veteran Stromgarde Guards-20 Regular Archers-10 Regular Footmen and 10 Regular Archers hired by Tarren Mill for 1 Wealth per season for several seasons.QM: Big decision. Will update at around the same time tomorrow so you have plenty of time. Please link your votes to this post. If you have questions, please go ahead and ask.Also I am not that cruel to just poison Alric suddenly. Not my style or the style of this quest.
>>4892419It would have been quite the twist to be sure, though I am glad to have been wrong.Now though let’s take a look at the deal... on one hand if Blackmoore is earnest, winning lord of Durnholde’s favor might be good for us, whatever we think of his methods and personality. On the other hand his personality is putting to question how far he can be trusted not to throw us under the bus the moment it becomes convenient. Like the moment some trouble comes up our forces will be first to scapegoat.By the same token agreeing here would mean having forces loyal to us in the camps should we need any, perhaps some minuscule chance to affect what is going on in them. However, acting against Blackmoore in event of a crisis would still end with disaster for us.I’d say we make a show of weighing the options but ultimately decline. We really do need those men and the potential fallout from participating in such arrangement can be downright fatal, though don’t say that last part out loud.One of the things we intend to do during next year is securing Gallows’ corner, which means securing safe passage to Strahnbrad. Would Blackmoore benefit from having that route open? They are both labeled as alliance territory on the map. If that could be of benefit to Durnholde he will likely be more willing to stomach our refusal.
>>4892435(Not to mention road to Strahnbrad continues further to Andorhal and Stratholme, unless I misunderstand horribly opening that route would be boon to Alliance economy in general.)
Forgot to add the updated total resources in the update.Total Resources2 Wealth, +9 per Season12 Supplies, +2 per Season5 Peasants
Man, that wealth sure wouldn't hurt, but I think we're running a bit low on Peasants/Soldiers as it is and the mroe we send the slower our reconquest of Alterac will be. That said, an improved blacksmith/eventual foundry sure wouldn't hurt.Two questions on that topic before I decide, will it be possible to later down the line relocate certain buildings like that into Alterac, and is it possible to unlock certain special buildings, like maybe something that might allow us to copy the Gilneans for example?
>>4892419>Decline the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and the deal. You need those men yourself.But at the same time we need to let him down easy. We need to tell him that even tho we can not give him men at this time we can promise that if he ever needs us we will come to his aid at any time he calls for it.
>>4892419>>Accept the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and be prepared to provide at least 20 soldiers at the start of spring season for multiple seasons.
>>4892419So is our total men 50 minus -20 men or 70 minus -20 men?The -infront of the numbers confuse my slightly sorry.Would it be possible to delay the deal, and ask when next inspection is? We are currently low on manpower because we send men off to guard Tarren mills till they train up more men and we are training men hopefully before winters end. If the deal can wait till after then we would likely be able to muster enough men without being stretched too thin ourselves.
>>4892479It is in my notes. Relocating the buildings will be plausible later in the game. Currently it is in relative far future.>>4892628I will avoid using - in the future in spots like this. Here is the info in hopefully easier to understand form.Current amount of troops available:20 Veteran Footmen20 Regular Kul Tiran Swashbucklers10 Veteran Stromgarde Guards20 Regular ArchersOn deployment:10 Regular Footmen and 10 Regular Archers hired by Tarren Mill for 1 Wealth per season for several seasons.You could maybe delay the deal, but your feeling is that Blackmoore wouldn't like or prefer that, he would like to get the answer now. This is a complex decision for you. A proper win some and lose some situation.
>>4892908Am I wrong in understanding Strahnbrad circumstance? It is marked blue which means alignment with Alliance, but the access to it is blocked off in Gallows Corner by the Ogres or if our information is accurate Bandits - dies that mean the town is isolated or only accessible from Andorhal? Or that merchants going there simply employ mercenary escorts?Do merchants intent on reaching Andorhal or Stratholme currently favour detour through Silverpine?
>>4892919Strahnbrad is accessible from Andorhals direction. The King's Road to north is safe and patrolled. Most merchants avoid approaching Strahnbrad from south, but some take the chance that they can bribe the bandits, avoid the ogres or just move unseen enough through old ox paths that no one hopefully is watching.Most trade from Southshore moves towards Capital City through Dalaran and from there elsewhere in the kingdom.
>>4892952That sounds like taking Gallows Corner and keeping the route open would benefit the Alliance a good deal. And setting up an inn and stables there or in Headlands would also see our realm benefit from the passing merchants! Although the ogres and the syndicate will likely be getting in the way.>>4892419>consider it, then..>decline the offer>tell Blackmore we are going to need these men to clear and secure route to Strahnbrad which should in effect also bring more wealth to the region and help his cause.
>>4892419>Decline the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and the deal. You need those men yourself.Why would we agree to deal with a man that got angry at us saving the lives of durnholders just because it stopped him from having a bigger budget? pretty sure if we give him the soldiers he will use them haphazardly hoping they get killed so he can beg the alliance for more money to benefit his agenda.Besides that we need every soldier we have,and i don't think thrall will see it with good eyes that we are supplying troops to keep his kin in the camps.
>>4892963>pretty sure if we give him the soldiers he will use them haphazardly hoping they get killed so he can beg the alliance for more money to benefit his agenda.Actually that's a good point.>Decline the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and the deal. You need those men yourself.
>>4892419>>Decline the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and the deal. You need those men yourself.Agree with this >>4892963, Blackmoore is hardly a guy we want to get mixed up with. We can save shady dealings for the Syndicate.
>>4892419>Decline the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and the deal. You need those men yourself.
>>4892419>consider it, then..>decline the offer>tell Blackmore we are going to need these men to clear and secure route to Strahnbrad which should in effect also bring more wealth to the region and help his cause.This anon >>4892963 brings up a good point. As much as I want the gold, I fear there's a good risk that we might not see those soldiers again. That said, let's try to deliver it as nicely as we can.
>>4892963>i don't think thrall will see it with good eyes that we are supplying troops to keep his kin in the camps.He wouldn't know. See this post>>4892410>your men would wear our tabards and they would eat our food.>No one else would know that the new guards are actually your soldiers.
"As much as it pains me, but I will have to decline." You said and saw the smile disappear from Blackmoore’s face. He withdrew his hand and walked a few steps back. "I need those soldiers myself just as much as you need them too.""I see." Blackmoore said and you could see the disappointment in him."My plan is to move into Alterac proper come the spring and summer. To get the road cleared to Strahnbrad, I need all available men. And when the road is cleared, the traders could go directly to Strahnbrad and beyond without the detour of Dalaran and Capitol City." You told Blackmoore. "I hope you understand.""I am disappointed, but I do understand." Blackmoore said and closed the chest. "Enjoy the days before the tournament, Karramyn please escort prince Alric back to his room."You gave a short bow to Blackmoore and let Langston escort you from the study and into your room. After both of you were in, he shut the door behind himself."You should have accepted." Karramyn Langston shouted with clenched teeth. "I spent many days trying to get him to invite you here and to make some sort of a deal.""I am sorry Langston, but I cannot make a decision that could make my people vulnerable. I already have twenty men in Tarren Mill, if I were to send twenty more, I couldn’t defend my holdings properly." You argued back."I understand, I really do. But the prince Alric I saw during the expedition and heard all the stories and rumours about would have thought something." He continued and looked really defeated. Langston turned to face you again. "Blackmoore doesn't like it when he is denied, so he is going to share his frustration with us and especially me. So please, try to avoid him for the next few days.""I am sorry Langston, I didn’t know it would go like this." You said and actually felt sorry for Langston. "Thank you prince Alric. You are a reasonable man and I wish Blackmoore could see it too." He said and continued. "I will speak to him in a few days and I ask you to reconsider the offer. I am not lying when I say it can benefit you in the long run."You answered with a nod as Langston was leaving the room."Good night prince Alric. I sincerely hope we can make this deal work."1/3
>>4893683It had been a few hours since the meeting with Blackmoore. You had been reading your book, it was quite late and you planned on going to sleep soon. No one had tried to interrupt you and you hadn't heard anything outside your room, the heavy wooden door blocked the sounds quite well.There was knocking on the door and you stood up and went to open it. Behind it was Taretha Foxton in her white shirt and a blue dress. She was carrying a tray of small cakes and other delicacies with some wine. It was clear that she had been crying earlier."My prince, my lord Blackmoore sent me with this offering to tempt you." She said carefully and looked you into your eyes. You knew instantly where this was going and you saw one of the footmen watching her, Blackmoore would know if she entered your room. "I cannot eat all this, but if you insist please come in." You said and stepped aside to allow her to get in. You quickly looked left and right and saw the footman having disappeared. You locked the door from inside.When you turned around Taretha practically jumped on your neck and hugged you deeply. She pressed her head on your shoulder and you felt her cheek on yours. You carefully patted her back as you tried to register what was happening."Thank you Alric, for doing this, for being here." She said and you felt her tear fall on your cheek."Is everything alright Taretha?" You asked carefully. "Blackmoore has been in a foul mood lately. It is always like this before tournaments." Taretha said and let go of you, but held your hands. "But I will endure as always."She had a faint smile as she looked at you. You bit awkwardly looked down and saw her wrists. Her shirt couldn't cover the faint bruising on them."What happened to your wrists?" You asked. "Did Blackmoore do this?"Taretha embarrassingly tried to pull the sleeves down and look away."He can be rough sometimes, you know when we…" Her voice trailed off and you felt to not press more."What did he ask you to do this time? Same as when we last met? I presume I can't refuse." You asked her and guided her to sit on a chair."Yes, to spend the whole night with you and not to leave before the morning. Before I came here, he and I… he spoke of you disappointing him and not agreeing with his offer. He sent me as a sign of hospitality to make you enjoy your visit and the gifts of Durnholde."Taretha tried to avoid showing how embarrassed she was."He said that 'make sure prince Alric is satisfied' before sending me here." She finished.Last time you were outrightly angry. Now you weren’t sure how to feel. How Blackmoore was acting was pathetic and unfitting for a lord, but for some reason it had worked through the years."Well I can't eat all these cakes by myself, that should satisfy me." You said and tried to lighten up her mood. She had an actual smile on her face as she wept away a single tear."Oh Alric, thank you." She said and continued. "I would love to2/3
>>4893686When you woke up you found Taretha clinging on your back with her arms lazily wrapped around you. Last night she had told you that she was fine if both of you slept in your not that wide bed. She told you that she would feel more safe that way.As you tried to get out under her arms, you accidentally woke her up. She was momentarily startled for having woken up next to a foreign man, but quickly realized that it was just you."Did anything happen last night after I fell asleep?" She asked carefully as you gave her some bread and water for breakfast."No, you fell asleep nearly immediately." You said to her and saw an instant relief on her face. You left out the part where she held tightly on you through the night. "Thank you prince Alric, I slept really well. Long time since this well." She said as she ate the bread.The keep would be waking up and activities starting so she would have to leave soon for her duties, but you had some time to ask questions or talk to her.>Tell Taretha of the deal offered by Blackmoore and what she thinks about it.>Taretha seems to care a lot about Thrall. She might enjoy talking about him and get her in a better mood.>Ask if there is anything you could do to her or get her and her family away from Blackmoore.>Other, write in.
>>4893689It appears we’ve misread the situation and there’s something else going on.Is Langston planning to oust Blackmore somehow? Is he so under surveillance he can’t afford to arrange some secure means of communication, or a trusted messenger to have talked to us?Do we know how many men Blackmore has to watch over camps? Would our contribution truly make a difference here?It would probably be good if few came up with some idea to placate him next time we see him.Maybe we could propose sending reinforcements once we secure Gallows’? Assuming we want to participate whatever it is that is going to come depose here. But we know too little to commit our men over.What a peculiar mess we’ve gotten ourselves into...
>>4893689>>Tell Taretha of the deal offered by Blackmoore and what she thinks about it.
>>4893709I think it is in our best long-term interest to help Blackmoore. We need the camps to stay stable and secure, it is vital for everyone's safety. Secondly, we really don't want people to think we're a friend to Orcs.
>>4893722I’m not sure if putting ourselves into situation where we’re forced to assist Blackmoore in his casual atrocities is something that would be conducive to our reputation one way or another. I’d like to know if Langston is simply loyally trying to obtain reinforcements for his superior, or if he us trying to get us involved to mitigate damage the drunk is causing or if he is outright preparing mutiny. Of these only the second one can have chance of working in our benefit, if we’re lucky and careful.
>>4893689>Ask Taretha how she feels about how things are going in general - if the Orcs are content and the guards are having trouble keeping order.I'm not sure if we should be mentioning the deal to her since if she let it slip we did she might get in trouble. But we need to have estimation on how tenuous Blackmoore's situation is.>Ask if it wouldn't be possible for her to leave lord Blackmore's services.although I don't think she'd leave Thrall, even if we might be able to persuade Blackmoore to let us take her with us instead of the 'encouragement' funds if we went with his request.
>>4893740>I’m not sure if putting ourselves into situation where we’re forced to assist Blackmoore in his casual atrocities is something that would be conducive to our reputation one way or another.I'm not talking about helping with his gladiator hobby and all. I mean helping him with his actual job of running the camp and keeping the Orcs contained. It would be bad for everyone if the Orcs escaped.
>>4893689>>Taretha seems to care a lot about Thrall. She might enjoy talking about him and get her in a better mood.>>Ask if there is anything you could do to her or get her and her family away from Blackmoore.I am not sure about supporting him , alterac reconquest is already difficult enough with our small forces. If we need to defend and attack with even less there is good chances that we might not be able to expand in bandit/wild territory for a while. Not even talking about the ogre tribe, that will be a war instead of small conquests, which we will need all our forces for win and more if possible.
>>4893797yeah, but having our men involved and be complicit in how Blackmoore's running the camps is not any guarantee we could prevent that from happening--- even if we were suspecting that such a thing is a real risk in the first place.One thing I'm also worried about is that our legacy of betrayal is more than just siding with orcs; it's about making clandestine deals and going back on publicly declared obligations. If we go about scheming and stabbing people's backs when it becomes convenient we will prove ourselves successor's of our father's policy even if we avoid siding with orcs specifically. And making a below the table deal with Blackmoore sounds like a good way of landing ourselves in such a situation where we either turn on him, or we share in his fall, or we keep him afloat and will be judged for it.And I definitely wouldn't count on Thrall not figuring out we made a deal with Blackmoore when he sees influx of new guards that keep together and may be overheard talking of their families or affairs in Alterac.>>4894463The thing is however that Durhnolde is a concern for us. Maybe not right now, but if Blackmoore is desperate enough to hire our men it might be soon.Then there's the way Taretha is treated. Though getting her away is probably impossible.It would be nice to get Blackmoore to completely change his modus operandi, but that is rather impossible to think about. Barring that removing him from office would be next best thing - but only Terenas can do that probably and he won't do it on our word. Maybe if he embarrassed himself somehow in front of multiple nobles during the tournament while also showing his incompetence and corruption?
>>4893689>Taretha seems to care a lot about Thrall. She might enjoy talking about him and get her in a better mood.>>4894500That's one of the reasons we are almost always upfront and (more or less) honest with our intentions, so we are separated from our father and not judged for his actions.Also don't forget that the alteraci people have a distinct accent, so other way people can figure out we are helping blackmoore.>>4893797That doesn't concern us, Blackmoore already receives enough money from the alliance to keep the camps secure, where does that money go instead of fortifying the camps and hiring more guards is for the taxpayers to guess.And the only way i can see the orcs escaping is if they find a leader that is able to dispell the lethargy that has them gripped, but that will never happen.....right?
>>4894500Yeah i know, but is difficult to deal with him in this regard. And Taretha is in a bad spot honestly.We could attempt some political moves for lower his standing, but doing it alone might not be a good idea. The tournament idea could be worth something, but it s a great risk and it might be something he can deal with in the right circumstances.
>>4894728I think Blackmoore offering us the deal is OP giving us a chance to set up a presence in Durhnolde that might allow us to intervene when shit goes down. But I have trouble with coming up with a plan that would allow us to take it without setting us up for more problems, or imagining what our intervention might look like that would not lead to us being landed with suspicion of instigating an orc uprising.
>>4894511>And the only way i can see the orcs escaping is if they find a leader that is able to dispell the lethargy that has them gripped, but that will never happen.Obviously we can't metagame with OOC knowledge, but I think it is reasonable enough for us to figure out the risk Thrall poses. Blackmoore is training him to be the best warrior possible.
You asked Taretha about Thrall, how she became so friendly with the orc and what his story was. As Taretha ate the bread, she told the story how Blackmoore had brought the infant Thrall to the keep, how he was fed and how it took years for her to see Thrall again. To Taretha the training Thrall has been going through has been way too harsh and cruel, but she cannot doubt the results. Thrall is a great gladiator and Taretha is very proud of him and his growth. She was eager to talk about how she saw Thrall beat the footmen and recruits in sparring, or how he won time after time in the gladiator tournaments. It felt like Taretha finally had someone to talk about Thrall who she apparently cared a lot about.“I heard that you beat Thrall in a sparring fight.” Taretha asked. “How did you do it?”“To be frank it was luck and the fact that we didn’t use real weapons. If the blades were real, we both would be dead many times over.” You told her and saw her surprised reaction. “But Thrall has improved since our last sparring session, he will grow and become better. Next time we face each other, I might not be able to defeat him again.”“That is great to hear. Thrall cannot lose in the arena or Blackmoore would be furious.” Taretha told you after having heard the ‘experts’ opinion.“But Taretha, there is one more thing I want to ask you.” You said with a more serious tone. “Is there really anything I can do for you or your family? I am a prince and I have some pull to do things.”Taretha sighed deeply.“Sorry Alric, I don’t think you could do anything for me except to stay alive.”“Anything at all? Are you sure?” You continued and asked.“Nothing, but to accomplish your dreams.” She said and looked down. “Alric, you are really sweet, someone without a chain locking you down. Live free for the rest of us chained.”Taretha stood up and collected the tray.“Thank you prince Alric, I wish you luck with whatever reason you are here for.” She said with a smile as she left your room.Taretha knew she couldn’t leave and you felt that it wasn’t a lie, but a decision she had made. She needs to be here. But even if you couldn’t help her to leave, you had managed to make her feel safe and to go from crying into smiling. At least you had done something for her.1/2
>>4895139You ate a better and stronger breakfast in the hall as you had another day to kill. One day had passed and there would be five days before the tournament starts. Langston would be busy with whatever he was doing and you knew to not bother Blackmoore right now. No real guests had arrived yet, just workers and other tournament people. You had to think of something to do.>During the breakfast you heard that several knights were just as bored and were going to go hunting, join them and spend the day with them.>Just stay in your room and read your book. A first day in a long time without any real work to be done.>There is an Internment Camp not that far away, go visit it. You had never seen an Internment Camp from inside, just read the books about them and the orcs.>Other, write in.QM: More time to do updates this week, but after that the single big daily update continues for a few weeks sadly. Also I really appreciate all the discussion you lot are having, makes the QM happy happy!
>>4895141>During the breakfast you heard that several knights were just as bored and were going to go hunting, join them and spend the day with them.We get out of Blackmoore's hair and hopefully get chance to learn more news.no worries OP, it's a cool quest to be in.
>>4895144>>During the breakfast you heard that several knights were just as bored and were going to go hunting, join them and spend the day with them.
>>4895144>During the breakfast you heard that several knights were just as bored and were going to go hunting, join them and spend the day with them.>There is an Internment Camp not that far away, go visit it. You had never seen an Internment Camp from inside, just read the books about them and the orcs.>Other, write in.Look for any business opportunities.
>>4895144>Just stay in your room and read your book. A first day in a long time without any real work to be done.I doubt he's in much shape for a hunt after the spar with Thrall *just* yet. A day of relaxation would do nicely. The internment camp is interesting, but I worry a little over how others would percieve our interest in the orcs.
>>4895144>>Just stay in your room and read your book. A first day in a long time without any real work to be done.
>>4895144>Just stay in your room and read your book. A first day in a long time without any real work to be done.we need to balance brawn and smarts, after all we are training to be a good fighter and at the same time be a leader.
I'm not sure if staying cooped up in our room with a book will help us resolve this Durnholde business any, unless we're secretly counting on Jaina walking in on us or something like that.Although it would be nice to devote some time to study, is now really the time to disregard Blackmoore's business entirely?
>>4895875We said no, and if he asks again i will say no again, it's not worth at all getting roped with a coleric drunkard who thinks he is untouchable and highter than the fucking king of lordaeron, and after he kills the troops we lend him he will demand more without compensation just so we are weak and unable to acomplish our goal so he can say he has an alteraci prince as his new pet.There is no way to sugarcoat this, either we suffer from his drunken rage if we decline or we suffer from the actions he does in his drunken rage if we accept.
>>4895901Yeah but right now we have opportunity to learn more about the situation here. Even if we tell Blackmoore to go fuck himself later we'd be squandering this chance to collect information to base our preparations on.Going to hunt with the knights might give us opportunity to learn what they think of Blackmoore's leadership, how loyal they are to him compared to Langston and what their estimation of the situation in camps is.If we go check out the camps ourselves we might be able to estimate what forces Blackmoore is currently deploying and what their chances might be if an orc revolt occurred.I'm not seeing any immediate benefit we could derive from one day's worth of reading a book. We might get to see Taretha again but that won't help us or her any. Maybe if OP is merciful he might spin that in a way we're racking our brains over this situation and give us some boost to a mental stat.
Give me a roll, I will tally the votes later when I start writing the update, so still time to throw your opinion in>1d10>Best of three
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>4895919let's see what comes around...
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>4895919
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>4895919
Also please give me a tiebreaker, or when I start writing in few hours I will roll a dice. At the moment it is 3 for going hunting and 3 for reading the book.
Rolled 1 (1d2)Writing. 1 is Hunting, 2 is Book.
As you sat in the mess hall and heard the knights discussing going for a hunt, you thought that joining them could be useful and fun. A day away from Durnholde Keep and you could learn what the knights thought about Blackmoore. You heard that they would be leaving soon, so you left the mess hall and went to prepare for the hunt quickly. It did not take you long to take out your better winter jacket with a warm fur collar. You also filled a knapsack with some food from the mess hall and few other probably useful things. When you were ready, you left the keep and went for the stables where the knights said that they would be gathering.Arriving there you saw a group of five knights milling around their horses and preparing for the hunt. As you approached them, they noticed you.“May I join you in your hunt?” You asked and continued. “And sorry for listening to your discussion during breakfast.”“No harm in that prince Alric.” Said one of the knights. “You may join us, as long as you can keep up with us.”“That won’t be a problem.” You said and smiled. “Pardon for not introducing myself properly, I am prince Alric Perenolde.”“And I am sir Gravis.” Said the knight who spoke to you. He was wearing dark clothing and had black mid-length hair. He seemed to you to be quite young. “Rest of them are Garth, Empleton, Thomas and Joe.”“Good morning prince Alric.” Said Joe, who was the shortest of the bunch.“We shall leave when you are ready prince Alric.” Gravis said.1/2
>>4896179The method of hunting employed was boar spears. You hoped to find a herd of wild boars and use the spears to get one or two. The one who manages to get the boar would be eternally known as the Foe of the Boars! At least that was what Garth told everyone else with a roar of laughter.It also soon became clear that the secondary goal of this hunting day was to get drunk. All the knights had their waterskin and then their wineskin. One by one they offered theirs to you and after declining the first one, you realized the name of the game and accepted the second one. The morning went as you rode around the forests and farmlands around Durnholde trying to find tracks and proof that the boars existed.…You already had a slight buzz as all six of you carefully rode further into the forest. Rest of the knights had trouble keeping Empleton to stay silent to not scare the boars away. You thought that even with Empleton being silent, the boars would hear the horses way before you could see them.But thankfully you were wrong and a small number of boars were sighted not that long distance ahead. Sir Gravis and others immediately charged towards the boars with you right behind them. Thankfully for you their luck at actually planting their spears on the boars was lackluster, all of them missed their targets. Meanwhile you picked one boar that was running away from you and you turned Epona towards it. A short charge and you carefully planted your boar spear right into the boar's side. With a squeal the boar cried from pain, but could get away as you quickly dismounted Epona, jumped over the board and stabbed your rondel dagger right into its heart. The boar died quickly under the weight of your body with the dagger in its heart.“Prince Alric got one!” Shouted Gravis as he rode to you and passed a wineskin to you. “Well done, a good hunt.”“Thank you sir Gravis, if you now could just help with the boar a bit.” You said back to him and took the wineskin.“The Foe of the Boars!” Gravis playfully shouted.“The Foe of the Boars!” Others responded and threw their hands up in the air.To be honest, this hunting trip was quite fun and the wine wasn’t that bad either.2/3
>>4896181It was well into late afternoon as you had made your way back towards Durnholde. Gravis knew of a tavern outside Durnholde that could make food out of the boar and serve it so you had made your way there. As the people of the tavern prepared the boar, you kept drinking with the knights and talking about all kinds of things. What they had done, how the fighting against the gnolls had gone, what you remembered from Alterac and so on. It was a fun time.With the day slowly turning towards evening, you thought that maybe you should ask something from the knights, after all they were in the service of Durnholde so they might know something. And they were somewhat drunk and merry after a day of frolicking.>What is their opinion of Lord Blackmoore? Is he a good lord and what do they think of his plans if they know about them?>What do they think of serving Lord Blackmoore, has it been any good to be a Durnholder? Is the keep and service in Durnholde been good for them?>What do they think of the camps and the orcs within, what about Thrall?>You might not get an answer, but do they know any specific things that aren’t really talked about in Durnholde, maybe even secrets?>Other, write in.
>>4896185Let's see... we probably don't want to straight out ask for secrets or their opinion on Blackmoore, that would be suspicious and they'd likely be compelled to praise their lord out of duty.>How is the life and service in Durnholde Keep>Do they have a role in camp security, or are they focused on dealing with external threats?>On that note, have there been any external threats or challenges since the Gnoll expedition?>Would Langston participate in the pastime if he weren't busy with the tournament?
>>4896224Do you think we should mention that Blackmoore or his second in command was interested in hiring some of our forces to shore up security?
>>4896496What would be the benefit of that? To gauge their reaction?I think it would be too costly for this since eventually word would reach Blackmoore and he’d be super pissed at us sharing info of his secret offer in a tavern, especially with implied reveal of his weakness.
>>4896185>>What do they think of the camps and the orcs within, what about Thrall?
>>4896549To carry conversation and to see what the knights say in response.
>>4896496>>4896710I disagree, I think it is a very bad idea to spread gossip.
>>4896770Not gossip, and it was just a suggestion. Bouncing ideas off ya guys. Guess we won't be bringing it up.
>>4896185>>What is their opinion of Lord Blackmoore? Is he a good lord and what do they think of his plans if they know about them?>>What do they think of serving Lord Blackmoore, has it been any good to be a Durnholder? Is the keep and service in Durnholde been good for them?>>What do they think of the camps and the orcs within, what about Thrall?
As Empleton brought a new round of drinks to the table and the knights started to drink, you felt that it was the right time to ask some questions.“So what do you think of Blackmoore?” You asked a bit carefully to avoid slurring your speech.“He’s a good boss, pay is regular and there isn’t that much fighting to do.” Garth said.“Ehhh, the coin is fine, but when I was in Hearthglen the pay was better there.” Empleton said back.“Serving Blackmoore is better than nothing.” Thomas replied.“But you won’t be advancing your career unless Blackmoore especially likes you. End of a line for most of us.” Joe finished.“We do have a lot of freedom outside our duties. Like going out for a drink or watching the gladiator games.” Gravis said to you and others nodded along.“But you aren’t in Durnholde all the time, do you have to guard the Internment Camps?” You continued to ask them.“It is the footsloggers who guard the camps.” Gravis told you. “We knights and other mounted troops just patrol these lands and check the places out for signs of anything. Only when visitors come to see the camps, we are sent there to act as extra muscle and look good.”“We ain’t found nothing in a long time.” Thomas said.“Two years since the last wandering orc.” Joe mentioned.“Yeah the orcs aren’t a threat anymore. The few guards can easily keep the camps safe.” Gravis continued. “If you have seen the camps you will believe it. And the scattered orcs that have survived in the wilderness aren’t a real threat.”“Except Thrall. He seems quite active.” You said back.“Because he has been educated by humans and kept away from the rest of his kin.” Gravis said and bit into the boar. “And that is good as Thrall makes Blackmoore a lot of coin and some of it ends up in our pockets. Those feasts Blackmoore helds aren’t cheap.”You felt that prodding the knights more wouldn’t be productive and decided to not ask more questions. But you now know that the serving in Durnholde is not that bad, but it is a career dead end. More glory could await them elsewhere. You also got confirmation that the camps weren’t guarded that well, but the orcs themselves can’t escape from there. And that the knights are used to bolster the guard numbers when visitors appear. What Blackmoore had told you was correct then, he needs more guards for the camps to make it look like they are well guarded.1/2
>>4897389It was late as all six of you rode back into Durnholde Keep. One of the stablehands took care of your horses and you parted with the Gravis and the knights after a round of assurances of how good a friend you were. You felt awful from the whole day of drinking wine and beer and not drinking enough water, but to your enjoyment the knights felt even more awful and all of you laughed when Joe managed to trip on his own legs and fall flat on his face. It was a fun day, but tomorrow will be dreadful.You made your way back to your room and opened the door. It was dark and you were really tired so you just threw your winter jacket on the floor before crashing into your bed. Immediately you realized someone was already sleeping there and you half bounced up, rolled and crashed on the floor. The person in your bed had woken up as you had already reached for your rondel dagger.“It is me! It is me Taretha!” A very surprised shout came from the bed.“Why are you in my bed?” Your mind couldn’t comprehend the situation as you recognized Taretha’s face in the darkness.“Blackmoore sent me again.” She said and continued. “But you weren’t here so I decided to go in and wait for you. I couldn’t go back and tell him that Alric was missing.”You now understood why she was in your room and bed as you stood up and nearly lost your balance.“Alric, are you drunk?” Taretha asked you.“Yesh.” Came your answer. “And I feel terrible.”“Oh Alric, you need to sleep.” Taretha sighed deeply.…When you woke up, you didn’t remember much from last night other than Taretha made you drink a lot of water and helped you to kick off your boots and the breeches you wear outside. There was no one else in the room, but Taretha had left a small note on the table next to your book and some breakfast she had delivered. You read the note and thankfully Taretha had written what she had done. Fresh set of your clothing was ready, Taretha would wash your winter jacket that apparently was really dirty and breakfast was delivered. In the end of the note was a reminder to drink water.…You ate the food Taretha had delivered and still felt hungry. The mess hall was empty and you were forced to ask the kitchen if there was still anything for you. As they quickly prepared a bowl of food, you did hear an interesting thing. Both Blackmoore and Langston were visiting one of the Internment Camps and would be gone from the Keep for the better part of the day. You felt somewhat better with more food in your stomach, but still felt like shit. There was still four days before the tournament.>You should just rest, go to your room and read your book to pass the time.>Fresh cold air should help, go to the stables and spend time with your horse Epona. Maybe you could see if someone had arrived for the tournament already.>Blackmoore and Langston are away, make your way into Blackmoore’s study and snoop around for information or glues.>Other, write in.
>>4897392So it seems the knights don't feel particular loyalty to Blackmoore but they are content with the pay and the workload, even if it means slim chances of winning glory.>>Fresh cold air should help, go to the stables and spend time with your horse Epona. Maybe you could see if someone had arrived for the tournament already.we're probably not likely to derive much benefit from reading with the hangover and chance of interacting with another notable character would be more beneficial anyway.
on one hand a chance to snoop around in Blackmoore's dirt is an opportunity that might not come easily, or ever, again.On the other hand if we get caught and the news reaches Blackmoore, we're likely setting ourselves on path of Terenas setting us on fire again, and we don't really have any reason to expect to find something sufficiently damning that would, without any doubt stemming form a Perenolde delivering the evidence, get Terenas to remove the lord.
>>4897392>>Fresh cold air should help, go to the stables and spend time with your horse Epona. Maybe you could see if someone had arrived for the tournament already.
>>4897392>Fresh cold air should help, go to the stables and spend time with your horse Epona. Maybe you could see if someone had arrived for the tournament already.
Going snooping around the Blackmoore’s study tempted you, but you also knew that it would be way too dangerous to do. What if you were caught there and you aren’t really a trained rogue. That in mind you opted for the more comfortable solution. Going outside and spending time with your horse Epona.…The brisk cold winter air at first felt a bit too cold, but when you got inside the stables it was more warmer and comfortable. You carefully brushed Epona, fed it properly, checked her hooves and then started to go through the saddle and everything else she usually carries around.At one point one of the stablehands came to offer his help because no prince should take care of their horse alone, but you sent the man away. This was a thing you enjoyed doing and which you haven’t really done properly for some time.As Epona ate carrots happily, you noticed that there was some commotion at the yard. A group of wagons and carts had appeared with the workers of Durnholde coming to see what they were carrying and the guards checking the cargo for contraband or illegal goods. At first you didn’t recognize anyone, but then you spotted a familiar looking trader. The long amber hair and the orange bandana around her throat made you recognize Kris Legace, the trader who you had helped several months ago. She was arguing with one of the clerks of Durnholde. As Epona was content and wouldn’t miss you for a moment, you decided to go see what was going on.“Good morning Miss Legace.” You said to her and greeted her with a small nod.“Prince Alric!” She said enthusiastically as she recognized you and gave a small curtsy. “I did not expect to see you here.”“Invitation by Lord Blackmoore.” You said back to her. “I see you have brought things to sell here.”“Ahh yes, I just returned from Strahnbrad with a load of Alteraci brandy and I was lucky to get a shipment of wine from Stormwind from Southshore.” She said proudly. “There are a lot of thirsty people at the tournament and the feasts. And they will stay thirsty if this clerk won’t buy all this alcohol.”“I am sorry Miss Legace, but we have orders to buy our foods and alcohol from traders we trust. Lord Blackmoore’s orders. Now please move your wagon away, we need this space for proper traders.” Said the clerk who immediately left to handle the other traders.So she had a problem, but she also mentioned that she came from Strahnbrad. Wasn’t the road there supposed to be controlled by bandits, how could she get through them?“I see you have a problem with selling your goods.” You said to her.“Yeah.” She sighed with a defeated voice. “I can’t imagine that I travelled this far to be just sent away.”She kicked the dirt in frustration, but the half frozen ground didn’t budge. Bit comically Legace nearly fell on her back, but she managed to stay up. You felt a need to laugh a bit, but that would have been rude so you kept your blank face.1/2
>>4897603“I know now!” She suddenly said to you. “Prince Alric, can you vouch me for that clerk that I am a legitimate trader and that my goods are all high quality.”“I don’t know.” You said back to her. “You only sold me my boots and the scroll.”“And the boots are still in fine condition. Come on prince Alric, please help a girl in need of some assistance.” She pleaded to you.>I can vouch for you, but you will tell me how you got from Strahnbrad through the Gallows’ Corner>I can vouch for you, but we will split the potential profits>I can vouch for you, but you will owe me one favour>I am sorry, the boots and the scroll aren’t enough. I cannot vouch for you>Other, write in.QM: Will update once later today. Tomorrow will be a busy day so I might only get one update tomorrow.
>>4897606>>I can vouch for you, but you will tell me how you got from Strahnbrad through the Gallows’ Corner
>>4897606Oooh, perfect, a wild deniable asset appears!Well not exactly deniable if we vouch for her as a respectable trader I suppose.>It's true that the goods you sold me were as good as advertised, but I can't in good conscience vouch for you having barely exchanged a few words with you. However you do appear a respectable businesswoman so I'll be glad to vouch for you on your word you would spend some of your time to discuss further business with me.She's a smuggler no doubt but I'd like to know if she works with syndicate or as indep trader. Maybe she'd be willing to work for us?
>>4897625To be more specific, the business chat would entail following>whether she avoided syndicate in gallows’ corner or they let her pass (and try to determine her reaction on us asking about syndicate specifically)>whether she’d be willing to look somewhere she doesn’t belong and how much such a risk would cost (obviously only discuss specifics in private setting)>what she has in stock >whether she’d be willing to make headlands regular stop on her trade routeAnd if we do end up roping her into spying for us we should come up with a signal for her in case it’s Taretha who spots her.
>>4897606>I can vouch for you, but you will tell me how you got from Strahnbrad through the Gallows’ Corner>I can vouch for you, but you will owe me one favoursmall favorwe're gonna talk to her in private right?>Other, write in.We can put on a small show and buy a bottle or two off of her.
You thought about it for a moment or at least pretended as you knew what you were going to ask her. You let the silence sink in for a moment, before you spoke.“I can vouch for you.” You said and saw a wide smile come on her face. “But you will tell me how you got from Strahnbrad to Southshore through Gallows’ Corner.”“Oh.” She said as the sudden realization hit her. She had misspoken and now she felt like she was in big trouble. She sighed deeply and let her shoulders drop.“Fine, I will tell you, but let's move somewhere more private.” She said and pointed to this small alley between two buildings. You gave an approving nod and let her go first. You somewhat waited for her to suddenly turn around and try to stab you or anything similar, but she did nothing. When you were some distance away from the rest of the traders and workers where they couldn't hear two of you, she turned around and spoke.“Alright so there are ways to pass Gallow’s Corner without the ogres noticing.” She explained. “They are occupied patrolling just the tower and the road, but not the forest and hills nearby.”As she spoke she expressed the map and environment around the Gallow’s Corner with her hands.“And if you go past them through the forest, there is an old ox cart path the ogres do not know about.” She said. “I use that route. You move slowly and you move at night.”“I see, so there is a way around the tower the ogres don’t know about. Very smart Miss Legace.” You said to her and saw the compliments working.“And now with bandits, you can’t go around them. They are more vigilant.” She misspoke again which she noticed immediately. So the rumour you heard from Ieastyn in Tarren Mill was true, bandits control the Gallow's Corner.“Did I say bandits, yes I did.” She said defeated.“So how do you get past the bandits then?” You asked and felt like just moving on was the right decision.“I will just use the road and bribe them, a portion of the profits.” She said and you felt that she wasn’t exactly telling everything, but that she wasn’t lying.“So you bribe the bandits and sneak around the ogres, is this correct?” You asked her.“Yes, yes it is. I have told you what you wanted, can you now vouch for me?”You got what you wanted, but felt that Kris Legace wasn’t telling you everything. You could let that pass, but she also participated in banditry by paying a bribe willingly, which is a heavy crime in Alterac. You thought that maybe the two of you could discuss things further in private or you could use your status as a prince to collect several guards, arrest her for participating in banditry, throw her in the jail and interrogate her there for more information.>Yes, you got what you wanted. Legace is free to go.>Yes, you got what you wanted, but you want to discuss more about these things in private.>Gather the guards, arrest her and throw her in the jail where she will be interrogated.>Other, write in.
>>4899160>>Yes, you got what you wanted, but you want to discuss more about these things in private.Surely we can let slide she's bribing bandits as long as she agrees to share the information with us. I'm interested in hearing more of her story though. Maybe ask if she heard about the suspicious pair we met in Tarren Mill.
>>4899160>>Gather the guards, arrest her and throw her in the jail where she will be interrogated.
>>4899160>>Yes, you got what you wanted, but you want to discuss more about these things in private.
>>4899160>Yes, you got what you wanted, but you want to discuss more about these things in private.This could be key to claiming Gallows Corner and I dont think we should miss This opportunity
>>4899160>Gather the guards, arrest her and throw her in the jail where she will be interrogated.While I would prefer not to make a big deal out of it, if we vouch for her we can exactly interrogate her under threat of revealing her crime since it'd reflect poorly on us. At the very least we should continue interacting her here and now we give any vouch. She is clearly doing shady shit and I'd not have fingers pointed at us for it.
I think selling her out to Blackmoore is a horrible idea. I'd maybe consider interrogating her if she was in our realm but handing her over to Durnholders gives us nothing and costs us a trader with exotic goods and a potentially useful smuggler contact and source of intel.
>>4899380Fair on the whole leaving her with Blackmoore, but as useful as she might be she's also quite the liability depending on what exactly it is she's hiding from us.
“Yes I will vouch for you.” You said and as Kris Legace was leaving and celebrating, you grabbed her arm and pulled her back. “But we will talk more about this in private afterwards.”She was taken by surprise and gave a nod to you.After Kris Legace and you went back to the clerk and you vouched for her high quality trade goods, she concentrated on haggling the best price. Meanwhile you asked one of the passing guards to search for two of your Stromgarde Guards and call them here. When they shortly arrived, you told them to escort Miss Legace to your room and guard her there. One inside and one outside.As Legace was finishing her deal with the clerk, you had walked inside the keep and went for the mess hall. You had to eat something as you were hungry and to buy you some time to think what to ask her.1/3
>>4899566You had eaten some venison stew and asked one of the servants to bring a flagon of wine with him as you walked back to your room. The Stromgarde Guard outside your room saluted you as you let yourself in and allowed the servant to place the flagon on the table. Kris Legace had been waiting for you for some time already.“I am sorry Miss Legace, but I had some other things to do first.” You lied as well as you can, it seemed that Legace bought it.“No problem prince Alric.” She responded and continued. “So this is the room of the prince.”“Yes, not that bad, but we aren’t here because of my room.” You said and sat down opposite of her.“Yeah you wanted to talk more.” She said as the servant left the room and the Stromgarde Guard inside your room closed the door. Only three of you were left inside. You saw that Legace noticed it, just two of you and an armed guard.You nodded and filled two cups with wine. You were still feeling the hangover from yesterday, but felt that this was necessary for the moment. As you sat down on your chair you gave a better look at Kris Legace. Her long amber hair wasn’t brushed and you thought her to be a bit older than you were, but not much. Still she was young and pretty.“Yes, because I felt that you didn’t exactly tell me everything outside.” You told her as you sipped your cup of wine. You saw her become tense immediately.“No, I told you everything you wanted.” She said quickly.“I believe you are lying, I know that you know more.” You told her. “And I wish to know what you know.”“I don’t know what you are talking about, I told you everything I know.” She said and now you knew she was lying. She was awful at disguising her lying as she tried to look away from you.“Miss Legace, do you know what is the sentence for participating in banditry in Alterac?” You asked her and continued before she could answer. “It is hanging. And I believe it is the same in the rest of Lordaeron.”Kris Legace paused for a moment mid sip of her wine.“Now I am not saying this as a threat, but as a reminder of what are the consequences if you are caught. And in my eyes, you are not caught. Is this clear?” You asked her.“It is clear.” Legace said somewhat terrified.“Good, because I want to hear your story of how you became a trader and ended up affiliated with the bandits.” You said to her.2/3
>>4899571Kris Legace relaxed somewhat as she told her story of how after her mother and father died, she had to continue being a trader in Strahnbrad. The normal trips to Andorhal didn’t pay her enough and after her being a desperate young girl, a man had approached her. The man had told her that if she was to do trade in Southshore and bring the goods the man required, she would be paid well. With her own wealth running low, she took the risk and successfully sneaked past the ogres.“And when I returned with the goods, the man brought me to his boss.” She told you next.“Who was the boss?” You asked her.“I don’t know, I swear I don’t know. I met her in Strahnbrad, but we were separated by a cloth that made recognizing her impossible.” She told you as you drank your wine. “She just told me that as long as you continue the trade between Strahnbrad and Southshore and visit all the places nearby, I would get coin for all the information I could gather. ”“What kind of information?” You asked.“How many guards do I see, what is going on, who is doing what. Anything I could see, write down and report.” She told you. “When I got back to Strahnbrad, I was to write a letter that would be then collected by one of her henchmen. I have been doing this for two years.”“And?” You asked and continued to pressure her.“They gave me this.” She said to you and took off her orange bandana. “This is the colour of Alterac, if you see the orange bandanas elsewhere, you can be sure that they can help you.”“Who are they?” You continued to press her.“The Syndicate, she told me that she works for the Syndicate. And if bandits or others stop me, just tell them who I work for and they will let me through. They will respect the name of the Syndicate.”And there it was, the name you were after. Syndicate had recruited Kris Legace to be their trader and a spy that would gather information and goods for them in places they couldn’t approach normally. There were probably more spies like her in service of Syndicate, people they are using for their own advantage. But she also confessed to spying, which is a capital offence in Alterac.>Offer her a deal, she becomes a double agent for you. She continues her current duties to Syndicate while she tells you everything she manages to learn about the Syndicate.>Offer her to join your services, leave Syndicate and become one of your traders>You got what you want and more. She has confessed to participating in banditry and in spying. Arrest her and you don’t have to see her ever again.>Other, write in.
>>4899579This is excellent. Our own source of intelligence on the Syndicate!Although she's either exceptionally good spy or doesn't look all that cut out for the job with how she got herself open up.I think she'd be valuable as either an extra trader or a double agent.>Miss Legace, I appreciate how cooperative you have been, and the scroll you sold me did spare my men a lot of pain and probably some of their lives, so I'm willing to offer you a choice on how you'd prefer to resolve your situation.>They both come with a measure of risk, though I trust you'll be able to decide which is more suited to your abilities.>One such resolution would be that you continue to ply your trade as you're used to, with one exception - we would arrange for a method for you to share your reports and anything you learn with us as well - including information on Syndicate. Of course I imagine Syndicate is not kind to double agents if they catch one.>The other option I'm offering is for you to abandon the Syndicate and become a legitimate trader under Alteraci flag. In this case we will do best we can to protect you from any retribution.>Additionally, please consider that if Syndicate has other informants around, they may already consider you compromised, if you do decide to try and return to them.>With that in mind, miss Legace, which would it be? Life of a honest merchant, or a double agent?>regardless of what she chooses though, let's get what current information she remembers now out of her; also ask her about the two rogues we met in Tarren Mill.
>>4899579>Offer her to join your services, leave Syndicate and become one of your tradersI *wish* I could trust her with being our double agent, but she really doesn't strikes me as being very able at being dishonest. Hell maybe I'm paranoid but even this feels like we're opening ourselves to her simply continuing to act as an agent under our nose.
>>4899579>>You got what you want and more. She has confessed to participating in banditry and in spying. Arrest her and you don’t have to see her ever again.
>>4899579>>Offer her to join your services, leave Syndicate and become one of your traders
“Miss Legace, I appreciate how cooperative you have been even without telling everything immediately.” You said to her and continued speaking. “The scroll you sold me did spare my men a lot of pain and probably some of their lives, so I'm willing to offer you a choice on how you'd prefer to resolve your situation.”“Prince Alric, what are you suggesting?”“First is that you become my informant. Same way as you gather information to Syndicate, you will gather information for me and deliver it when you can. Of course I imagine Syndicate is not kind to double agents if they catch one. Second is that you leave and abandon the Syndicate and become a legitimate trader under my service. Under my service you would be protected.”You saw Legace become confused and not understand the situation. And then you saw the relief on her face.“Are you offering me a choice? I thought that you were going to throw me in jail.”“A completely serious offer, you can decide your future.”Legace brushed her hair with her hand and sighed before straightening her back.“I will trade for you, but I will also be your informant.” She said and smiled. “Both?” You asked as you were surprised. You thought that she would take the trade offer, but both?“Yes prince Alric, both.” She said and nodded. “I can sell the goods you produce to Strahnbrad, to Andorhal and elsewhere, and at the same time I can keep my eyes open. I know it won’t be easy, but I want to do it.”“Alright, I will accept that. You do understand the risks involved.” You said back to her and stood up offering your hand. Legace stood up and shook your hand as she smiled.…You spent some time talking more with her. She drew a map of the Gallow’s Corner as she knows it for you, told you that Syndicate has minimal visible presence in Strahnbrad that she has seen and said that there are Syndicate aligned people around Alterac and Hillsbrad. The bandits who control Gallow’s Corner are a group of Bloodhill Bandits who are aligned with Syndicate. Kris Legace will try to visit The Headland once a season or so to drop whatever info she has managed to gather and to come buy or sell goods for you.“One thing came to my mind.” You said to her as she was preparing to leave your room. “Do you know two men called Ieastyn and Marcus? Ieastyn is the older one with a scarred bald head and Marcus is the younger one. He did have a similar orange bandana as you have.”“Neither of them are familiar to me, but if Marcus has the bandana then he is part of the Syndicate. I am sorry prince Alric, I do not know more.” She answered you. “I will stay here for a few days before I leave, not good for a trader to stay put too long.”“Thank you Miss Legace, good luck and safety in your travels.” You said to her as she walked off the room.1/2
>>4900561It had been a few hours since your talk with Legace. You had asked one of the servants to bring you some food as you read the notes you had made. All the talking and trying to keep the stiff upper lip as you presented yourself to Legace was very tiring especially as you still had hungover. In the end you decided to just read your book and make notes about it. Maybe studying could help you feel a bit better.It didn’t really make you feel any better and in the end it was the warm bath you took that took the tiredness away and made you feel clean again. It really felt like you had wasted a day as you were trying to survive from your hangover, but you had met Kris Legace and ended up recruiting her as a trader and as an informant. So you had accomplished something.…It was evening and you were preparing to go to sleep as there were knocking on your door. You went for the door and opened it to see Taretha outside. You greeted her with a nod as you saw one Durnholde footman yet again peeking around the corner.“"My prince, my lord Blackmoore sent me with this offering to tempt you." Taretha said to you and smiled. She was carrying your cleaned jacket and a tray with some small cakes.“Good evening Miss Foxton, please come inside.” You said to her and invited her in. You continued after you had locked the door behind you. “So Blackmoore sent you again to ‘tempt and satisfy’ me?”“Yes prince Alric. Lord Blackmoore just returned from his trip and sent me here.” She said and placed the tray on the table. “He thinks that because I haven’t been sent away, that I have succeeded in charming and bedding you.”You sighed deeply and waved Taretha to sit on a chair.“Well these cakes are quite charming, shall we eat them and then go to sleep as I am quite tired.?” Taretha chuckled and two of you ate the cakes.…Next morning you told Taretha why you were drunk two days ago, the successful hunt and the evening with the knights. You also told her about meeting a trader you knew, but didn’t tell more about that. Taretha had laughed when you told how you were ‘Foe of the Boars’. She meanwhile had a day full of work and with Blackmoore away, she had quite a peaceful day.As you went to eat a proper breakfast you felt much better than in the past few days. Your body didn’t hurt anymore from the fight with Thrall and the hangover had worn away. It was three days before the tournament and you heard from the servants that more guests should arrive today.>Go find Langston and talk about the deal offered by him and Blackmoore.>You felt like today could be a fun day to do some sparring in the yard.>Go visit the nearby Internment Camp, you want to see the orcs with your own eyes.>Other, write in.QM: I will attempt to update once again today if there are enough votes. From tomorrow forward expect only one big update a day. Life gets bit busy for me.
>>4900565>>Go find Langston and talk about the deal offered by him and Blackmoore.I really think recruiting Legace was a bad idea. She's going to double-cross us and continue spying for the Syndicate.
>>4900565That went well. I hope her confidence in her ability to keep her cover in Syndicate is not misplaced. And we should be careful to avoid talking of troop deployment in her presence. But it’s good to have a cooperating smuggler.Well now, what to do? I’d say we should try and meet Langston in private and discuss what he had in mind, because the impression I got was that Blackmoore is genuinely concerned and might be intending to do something desperate if cornered.It would be good to learn what we can realistically expect to happen if we decline, or what would await our men if we agreed, and what room is there for a counter offer that might allow us to deal with potential Durnholde problems on our own terms.>Go find Langston and talk about the deal offered by him and Blackmoore.
>>4900580We will have soon chance to check how good her intel is when taking Gallows' corner, and we can cross reference her recount of Strahnbrad situation with what Beric knows. And it will be easier to control what information she accesses when we know about her. We could even feed her false intel if we find she's playing us, although I don't think that will be necessary.I do think we should not be getting too intimate with her, even if personally I'm inclined to believe her story of being an orphaned trader that simply went with the syndicate connection to take the path of least resistance. I don't expect her to keep our secrets in face of torture, nor would I want to get her into that situation.
>>4900565>Go visit the nearby Internment Camp, you want to see the orcs with your own eyes.I don t feel like dealing with Blackmoore right now, we can have a servant inform Langston we want to talk later in the day though which i think can be easily arranged after lunch. Overall i don t trust them at all, and we have 0 political defenses right now against anyone. In confront to a large lord of the alliance, we are not even worth mentioning. And it would be disturbingly easy for someone to launch some mud or blame on us, giving our troops and putting them there sound like an occasion to be used.Our selling points are our small army, local alteraci folks liking us and a few other people that liked us for what we did so far against bandits and gnolls. The negatives is that we are a Perenolde, we have been in secret for several years and there is no clear alignment so far beside some collaborations, we have a small amount of land and income, and one family member, plus no marriages.
>>4900706Yeah, I agree that getting tangled with him is a risk. But I'm afraid we are already tangled by the virtue of him setting his sights on us. And, I'm worried about consequences of what might happen if we don't provide him some sort of support - he seemed genuinely worried about the camp security and his own position, and although getting him removed would not be a loss for us the fear of that might make him do something reckless.That is why I wanted to see Langston to get his side of the story without presence of his superior making him mince words.That said, declining his offer is a valid option, and one I'd currently prefer as well, but I think there will be consequences either way.
>>4900565>Go find Langston and talk about the deal offered by him and Blackmoore.
>>4900831Ye I get that, that s fine too. I am not sure how much Langston agenda and Blackmoore align, but on this deal i am not sure how much guarantee we can have either. If we could manage to get something for that, maybe we can brush off some damage to us if the deal is broken in the future. We might need to find a way for him to stop using Taretha too. I think he has something in mind with her, not that she know, but to use against us. My bet is on squallid rumors, easy to make and difficult to find the source off. But is probably worse than that.Kind of a shame for her, she is a nice girl.(Maybe loyalty is better in this case for a partner, than political gains. Though our prince is very young, so I don t mind waiting at all. Never suggested anything before this afterall)Beside this political stuff, if the deal is done we might need to pause on expansion. We can t handle attacking and defending with low numbers. Maybe just one year of waiting or two, enough for grow and invest more. Thus allowing us to expand further our forces.
>>4900965My guess is Blackmoore is simply trying to mollify Alric for another go at the deal. Maybe he'd consider throwing her in as a compensation unless he enjoyed using her himself. However, if that is his motivation in sending her as "offering" things will probably go poorly for her if/when we refuse him for second time, unless we can stroke his ego enough to make him feel he ended up ahead anyway...Regarding expansion it seems the crossing remains mostly in Ogre hands even if syndicate affiliated thugs contend with them. That complicates things for us if taking the route would garner us additional attention from whoever is in charge of them - presumably some ogre mage?I wonder if there is a way to take advantage of presence of both syndicate and ogres by drawing them into a fight with each other to soften them up. Maybe we could arrange some bandanas for our men...
It had been a few days since you had talked with Langston so you thought that now that he was back in the keep, you could go talk to him.The walk to Karramyn Langston's office was not a long one and after a guard checked if Langston was ready to receive you, you entered the office.“Good morning prince Alric.” Langston said and stood up from behind his desk to greet you. “I did not expect you to visit me today. Is there anything you want to talk about?”“Good morning Langston. And yes there is, it is the deal. Is there anything you could tell more about it? I am not ready to decide yet, but I am willing to listen.” You said to him and sat down opposite of him.“Ahh yes, of course I have.” Langston said and was a bit surprised that you asked about it. He went to search his cabinets for papers and scrolls. “Truth to be told, I did not expect you to come asking about it this soon, I was going to come bothering you before the tournament.”Langston searched the papers and finally placed several of them on his desk. He first explained the budget Durnholde Keep and the Internment Camps are running with. Each member of the Alliance pays their share of the budget and they will inspect the budget annually. Then Langston explained what they get with the budget, the number of the guards, food costs for the men and then for the orcs also. As he explained it, it was quite clear that the budget was spent very efficiently, but the end result was just adequate. Not enough guards and barely enough food for the captured orcs.“Of course the orcs are lethargic, but as long as we find still active orcs in the wilderness or rumours of chieftain Grom Hellscream with his Warsong Clan somewhere in the east, we cannot be sure that the camps are safe.” Langston told you. “And without more money in the budget, we cannot make it sure that camps are safe.”1/3
>>4901030Langston pulled more papers in front of you and continued speaking.“Now if Lord Blackmoore goes and hires more guards with his own wealth, I will bet my soul that Stromgarde will call a cut on the budget and others will follow. ‘If Lord Blackmoore can spend his own wealth for guarding the camps, then we don’t have to’ they would argue.”“And this is where I come in. Lord Blackmoore wants more guards, but he cannot do it officially. So you are willing to pay me outside the official budget and my men wouldn’t appear on any budget or organisation rolls.” You said to him and scratched your chin.“That is exactly what we want. We thought about hiring mercenaries, but mercenaries will talk and sooner or later people will know. We want a partner that we can trust to be silent.” Langston said to you and pressed his finger on the papers. A cunning smile spread on his face. "Your men would stay together for the most part and guard camps just like all other guards. The gnolls were the first real threat in a long time and that is why they were dealt with so quickly."Langston wasn’t lying to you, you knew that much of how enthusiastically he was talking about the subject. Now you did have a better picture of the situation. …You and Langston continued to discuss how the camps are run. You explained your reasoning to decline in the first place using the expedition as an example of how a large force of men was required to beat the gnolls and you were planning entering Alterac with a smaller force. You needed every man you had with you. Langston understood it and wished that some kind of agreement could be done before the tournament was finished. You agreed, at least some decision be it declining or agreeing. Better to not leave this hanging.2/3
>>4901035Langston had a day full of administrative duties ahead of him and he asked that if you didn’t have anything else to do, you could follow him and he could tell more about Durnholde. It seemed to you that Blackmoore had dumped all the paperwork to him. Langston was quick at doing all the work as he went through what was bought from the traders, how few guards were stripped from the camps to provide more security here in Durnholde and how everyone will be accommodated. Durnholde was a large keep, but without good planning a nobleman or two might end up having to sleep in the stables or in a tent.It was well past noon as Langston dropped the last papers to one of the clerks and yawned loudly. It had been a long morning for him so it was time to eat. He waved down one of the servants and ordered food to be brought as he and you were hungry. It was to be brought into Langston’s own room that was near Blackmoore’s study.The wait wasn’t long and you hadn’t really had a chance to drink the wine Langston had poured for you. Pair of servants, of which the second one was Taretha, brought the food to the table. You noticed how Langston watched Taretha as she walked past him and left the room. Neither of you talked much as you ate, but then Langston spoke.“I have heard that you have spent the nights with the Foxton girl.” He said carefully and somewhat awkwardly. “Nothing wrong in that, I just didn’t expect you to accept Lord Blackmoore’s gift for your stay.”You opted to not talk and just answered with a nod. Also you had a mouthful of food, so it would have been a bad habit to talk.“Lord Blackmoore is protective of her as she is his mistress, which is an open secret here so to speak. Seeing him share her like that is something I haven’t seen before. What do you think of the gift, has she managed to satisfy you?” Langston continued to carefully speak and asked you. You noticed that he avoided direct eye contact.As you listened to what Langston said to you which wasn't really anything new you didn't already know, you felt your stomach churn and for a moment you felt sick. Sending Taretha to be prostituted to you for their own gain to make you be more on their side. At least on the bright side, with you she was happy and safe. >Tell Langston that you have enjoyed the personal gift of Lord Blackmoore and appreciate him for sharing her. It has been really satisfying.>Tell Langston that you appreciate the gift and nothing more.>Tell Langston that nothing has happened between you and her, but you appreciate the idea>Tell Langston that you don’t require Taretha during the nights anymore.QM: Alric Stats and Social pastebin updated and the thread has been archived at sup/tg/. Next big update tomorrow about this time most likely. As always if you have questions, please go ahead and ask them.
>>4901042>>Tell Langston that you don’t require Taretha during the nights anymore.
>>4901009Yeah possible, we need to consider that.Never know with this Blackmoore.Could be a mage or perhaps a warlord. I like the idea of putting the tribe and the syndicate at eachother throaths. Give uw an opening in the future and bleeds them.>>4901042Nice update for the pastebins.Lmao he hates us. I wonder if he will be livid if we win something in the tournament. And monica as something for us. Not bad.>Tell Langston that you appreciate the gift and nothing moreI am somewhat conflicted, on one hand not having to deal with this is preferable, on the other i would prefer to avoid for Taretha the worst. Maybe we could say we where satisfied, but we don t need it again since we are doing this deal now.
>>4901042So it seems Langston is the one doing most of the work. And although it is not stated explicitly I'd think he's the one who actually manages to squeeze most he can from the available budget.Also going by how he voiced his question, sharing Taretha may or may not have been his idea but he definitely sees there's something wrong with it. Even then he dares not oppose it and may appreciate the results.>Tell Langston Taretha has been a delightful company and you're impressed at depths of loyalty she displays in her service. It is a boon to have such a dedicated servant in one's retinue.I'd like to get across that we care for her, which should satisfy both Langston and Blackmoore, while hoping Langston would also understand she deserves better than to be treated like a piece of furniture.This has the downside that they will know they can use her to manipulate or coerce us, but on the other hand they will hopefully consider her less expendable or disposable for this reason.In regards to camp security, if Langston showed us documents we should now have an idea how much Alliance members are contributing to their budget. How much would a member of our size contribute, and would it make difference for their security situation? Maybe instead of sharing our men under the table we could offer to voluntarily contribute appropriate amount of Wealth and Supplies on official basis, in recognition that Durnholde is providing service that is vital for security of the entire region.Assuming it's a cost we could shoulder it could be a viable counterofferCons:>undercutting our future economic growth by making a commitment that wouldn't be easy to withdraw from>making formal agreement with Blackmoore which will reflect poorly on us in eyes of people who know what the man is like (like Uther)Benefits:>supporting stability in the neighbourhood>brownie points with the Alliance>we get to keep the men and our hands physically clean of blood if something were to happen anyway>Blackmoore and Langston might be content with this outcome, especially if Blackmoore gets enough of credit for convincing us to contribute to his operation.
"I appreciate the gift and she has been delightful." You told him as you wiped your mouth with a napkin."That is good to hear. I will relay that to Lord Blackmoore." Langston said to you."One thing did come to my mind." You asked him and changed the subject. "Could my men be officially in Durnholde, or would Stromgarde object to that too?""We believe that they would. First of all you are an Alteraci and secondly they could withdraw a portion of their budget away." Langston explained. "This needs to be done in secret. No one has to know about this, who doesn't need to know."…You had finished the meal and thanked Langston for all the talk. It was clear that he was sincere with the deal offer, but the reputation of Blackmoore and how they are treating Taretha weight heavily on your mind.It was too late to go visit one of the camps and you really didn't feel like reading your book either. You felt frustrated to have arrived so early to be the honoured guest of Blackmoore and to watch the coming gladiator tournament. To break this frustration away, you decided to go to the training yard and practice with a longsword. Beating a dummy should release your frustration.…Outside you met Kris Legace who was leaving to Southshore to buy things Durnholde Keep might need. She said she would be back before the tournament begins. You wished her luck.At the training yard there weren't that many men. All four of your escorting footmen went through their drills and you joined them without your armour. As they didn’t really have much else to do, sparring had been their way to spend time. It was to be honest a quite good way to do it.1/2
>>4902449It was evening and you sat in your room. You had done sparring for several hours and watched as the first guests had arrived. You didn’t feel like approaching them, but from the banners they were carrying you could recognise them. There were few from Stromgarde, one group from Capital City, some local noblemen and a group of traders from Stormwind. You could leave introductions for later as there would be a feast a day before the tournament.The book you were reading was nearly finished as there were knocking on your door. As usual you went to open it and behind it stood Taretha."My prince, I hope you appreciate my presence and are delighted." Taretha said and smiled. You yet again saw a footman making sure that she entered your room."Of course lady Taretha, I am delighted. Please come inside." You said to her and let her in. Just like days before, you locked the door behind you."I was told what you had said to Langston." Taretha said after placing a tray of delicacies on the table and pouring two cups of wine."I noticed that." You said back and chuckled before telling her how the discussion with Langston had gone about Taretha. Taretha had laughed when you described how Langston had behaved when he talked about her."Yeah, Blackmoore and Langston believe that we sleep together. Well we do, but not that way." She said and blushed. She composed herself again after drinking a bit of wine and continued. "And Langston has had a crush on me for years. I know he wants me, but as long as I am Blackmoore’s mistress he cannot do anything about it. And he is a sycophant towards Blackmoore, I wouldn't want him either way.""If I may ask, why do you let him use you like this?" You asked her."My family." Taretha said and gave a faint smile. "There are a lot of benefits to be Blackmoore’s mistress."As she said that you saw her hands wandering around her still slightly bruised wrists."But your wrists and everything else, is it really worth it?" You asked carefully."Yes, yes it is." She said and continued. "And Blackmoore has been good for me lately. Tournaments bring the worst out of him, but now with you 'accepting the gift' he has been really happy."You just nodded, Taretha was a peculiar, but a strong woman."I now know you are here to do some deal with him, or at least they are trying to get you to sign a deal." She said to you with a bit more serious tone. "I am not stupid when I see the private bath, larger room near the study, a chance to fight Thrall at the yard, me being offered. They are trying to make you feel special and wanted."Taretha leaned forward and placed her hands on yours."Please Alric, I want to know what they are offering you or what the deal is."2/2
>>4902456>Tell Taretha everything about the deal, you know you can trust her. She is a smart woman.>Tell Taretha about the deal, but leave some parts like 'encouragement' away.>Tell her the sparest of details.>Don’t tell her anything, the deal doesn't concern her and you don’t want to get her any more involved.>Other, write in.
>>4902460Pillow talk I guess.Tell her, but keep the voice down. We really don’t want this to be overheard. And she shouldn’t be overheard either in case she decides to do something like telling Thrall that camps are undermanned and vulnerable.I wonder if Langston’s priorities would change any if he knew Blackmoore is the only man between him and Taretha, even if in two separate contexts…
>>4902460>>Don’t tell her anything, the deal doesn't concern her and you don’t want to get her any more involved.
>>4902460>>Tell her the sparest of details.>>4902460>>Tell Taretha about the deal, but leave some parts like 'encouragement' away.
>>4902689Just this one >>Tell Taretha about the deal, but leave some parts like 'encouragement' away.
>>4902460Tell Taretha about the deal, but leave some parts like 'encouragement' away.
You decided to tell her nearly everything, the details of the deal, why they are offering it and why you declined. You left out the small chest full of ‘encouragement’ and the offers for more in the future and few other unnecessary details.Taretha thought about what you said for a moment before she asked you a question.“How long has Alterac been there?”“Several hundred years? Why do you ask?” You were confused.“No no, I meant Alterac as the place, the mountains, the valleys.” Taretha said back.“Well thousands or tens of thousands of years? We do not actually know.” You answered still confused.“Then it can wait for sometime.” Taretha said and continued. “You are young and the Alterac is not going anywhere." She moved her hands back and sipped her cup of wine."I detest Blackmoore, but being his mistress is pragmatic and is done for my family. You don’t have to like Blackmoore, but to me the deal is pragmatic. He is a drunkard and a vile man, but he has means and power.”What she said was true, waiting for some time wouldn’t hurt that much and gaining an ally could be positive in a long run."Take the deal Alric, that is what I say."…You had continued to have some small talk of what she had done during the day and who had arrived into the keep she knew about. No one of real importance that she knew of and most would arrive tomorrow and day after, just day before the tournament.Next morning you woke up early and managed to get out of the bed without waking up Taretha. As you put on your jacket and boots, you thought how you couldn't have predicted all this year ago. Shady dealings and a servant girl sleeping in your bed because it was more secure there. You left the room for breakfast and allowed Taretha to sleep a little bit more.At breakfast you heard interesting things again. They were organising a tour of an Internment Camp for the guests who had arrived and you overheard Sir Gravis talking to his knights how they got orders to arrest a local criminal before the tournament starts. Apparently the criminal had caused problems before so throwing the criminal into jail for a few days should avoid those problems. It was two days before the tournament and tomorrow evening there would be a great feast.>Join the arrived guests and visit the Internment Camp.>Offer Sir Gravis to join his mission to arrest this criminal before any problems happen.>You felt like this is a good day to spar, go outside and train.>Other, write in.
>>4903627Hmm on one hand we’ve been putting off seeing the camps for long enough and there seems to be social opportunity attached to it but on the other hand this criminal intrigues me and socialing in front of orc camps might lead to forcing us between convictions and appearances.>offer sir Gravis to join his mission.Also Taretha really is laying it on thick, thanks for her OP!
>>4903627>>Offer Sir Gravis to join his mission to arrest this criminal before any problems happen.
>>4903627>>Join the arrived guests and visit the Internment Camp.We may as well visit now that there's a tour.
>>4903627>Join the arrived guests and visit the Internment Camp.
>>4903627What an wonderful argument Taretha, went straight into our worries.Because we are afraid sending the troops to Blackmoore is going to slow down the reaclaimation, and not that he is unreliable since he sends his own men to the slaughter to make himsf look good.We definetly should take the deal, after all the last time a Pereldone helped despicable people under the table, it went just wonderfully.
>>4903627>Offer Sir Gravis to join his mission to arrest this criminal before any problems happen.
"Good morning sir Gravis." You said and sat on their table. "I yet again overheard you and I will have to ask, can I join you?""Prince Alric, good morning. You really want to join us?" Gravis said to you."Yes.""Alrighty, that is settled then. We will leave when everyone is ready."…It didn’t take long for you to put on your armour which had been repaired by the castle blacksmith. Joining the knights outside, you left the keep relatively quickly. Sir Gravis and you spoke as you rode towards the nearby village."What problems have there really been?" You asked him. "Who is the criminal we are going to go after?""Name is Mathias Nogelman, a local drunk, a small time thief and a thug. Only reason he hasn't been thrown into jail permanently or left hanging is that he happens to be a son of a nobleman." Gravis explained. "Of course he has disgraced his family name, but he hasn't been disavowed yet."That explained it then, a drunkard son of a noble.…It didn’t take long for you to find him. The local villagers were more than happy to point him out and you found him sleeping his drunkness away in the corner of the village tavern. A group of travellers, probably coming to see the tournament, kept their distance to him."Wake up Nogelman!" Shouted Gravis as he kicked the long bench he was sleeping on. The man was startled and quickly sat up.You had seen drunkards before, but not a nobleman like this. His fine set of clothing was dirty and it looked like he hadn't shaved or cut his hair. Then you noticed his orange bandana, the man worked for Syndicate."Uh who what, ahh Durnholders. What do you want?" He crumbled to Gravis."By the orders of Lord Blackmoore, we are taking you with us to prevent you from causing trouble with the travellers and those who come to watch the tournament." Gravis said to him and ordered Empleton and Garth to take him."I haven’t done shit, anything at all!" Nogelman complained and tried to resist a bit. "This is brutality by knights of Lordaeron."His complaints didn't work that much as he was dragged outside to be searched. A small knife was found and Joe quickly hogtied the man and threw him over his horse."That was quick." You said to Gravis."By the book prince Alric. The drunkards don't usually do much when confronted by five knights.""Sir Gravis, how often do you end up doing jobs like this?" You asked him as you mounted your horse."Maybe a few times a month, depends really if we are on camp duty or if there are tournaments." Gravis said to you and let his breath condense in the cold winter air. "Not the most glamorous job, but that is what we do. The footmen could do it, but what if the guy runs? They can't chase them in their plate and mail."1/2
>>4904884You gave a look at Mathias Nogelman and thought about his bandana. If you had a chance, maybe you could ask him some questions when he is in jail."So you are just going to throw him into the keep's jail?""Yep, he can be in a locked cell for a few days. Why do you ask?">I am just thinking what would be the juridical reason for this, not just Lord Blackmoore's order?>Could he have broken some laws recently that would warrant a longer time in jail, maybe in chains?>Nothing really, just wanted to ask.>Other, write in.
>>4904886>Could he have broken some laws recently that would warrant a longer time in jail, maybe in chains?
>>4904886kek, knight brutalityI guess Syndicate is not exactly a common knowledge around. I wonder if his family is in on his affiliation.>It is tragic to see man allow his vices to dictate his path so. But his family seems to not have given up on him yet. That has to count for something. His father lives around here?this might get us justification to talk to him and possibly contact to his father as well.
>>4904886>>Could he have broken some laws recently that would warrant a longer time in jail, maybe in chains?
Actually, can we find out more about the dude before we throw the book at him? There could be a good reason why he hasn't been put away for a long time, and his family hasn't disowned him yet.Blackmore probably has a opinion or his deputy perhaps.
>>4904944Blackmoore’s status as “the Law” hereabouts notwithstanding I’m not sure if throwing the book is the choice of words that would be appropriate here
You waved to sir Gravis to slow down a bit and allowed the rest of the knights to ride a short distance away from you before you turned towards him."Sir Gravis, could he have broken some laws recently that would warrant a longer time in jail, maybe in chains?" You asked him."Well there was an attempted robbery of a trader, but one of the companions beat the living shit out of him. He also stole a whole bunch of apples from an orchard." Gravis mused and continued. "He did resist a bit now and carried a concealed knife which is not illegal."Now Gravis turned towards you and was a bit puzzled."Prince Alric, why do you ask?""Well I think it is sad to see someone like that, who has lost control of their lives. Be it a nobleman or not. Does he have any family nearby?""Not to my knowledge, for all we know they might all be dead. Just that him being a nobleman makes it harder to throw him into jail and Lord Blackmoore hasn't seen the hassle of properly deal with him worth it." Gravis said to you. "Prince Alric, do you think that a few days in chains could act as a warning to him?""Probably, but I am more interested in talking to him in private.""Peculiar request, but can be done. Just that we cannot let you in the cell alone so I will accompany you there, is that fine?""That is suitable." You answered back and nodded.…When you arrived back to Durnholde, more people were milling around the yard. Some guests had arrived and the servants were helping them to their rooms and to carry their belongings.Sir Gravis ordered Nogelman to be carried to the jail and the moment he heard about the chains he started to struggle more. Still he was no match to four knights carrying him from his limbs.You waved to sir Gravis and told him that it would take some time for you to come down into the jail. You need some time to think how you will do the talking or more specifically interrogation.>Go there as Prince Alric Perenolde, the second heir of Alterac. Use your status to make him speak.>Pretend to be a royal investigator of King Terenas, you are quite sure Nogelman didn't recognize you.>Just go there like you are now and don't explain who you are to him.>Other, write in.QM: Will have time to write another update later today, but I will give this vote time to decide the best strategy for this talk/interrogation. Also holy shit I hate the new captcha.
>>4906031well might as well push the pity angle to avoid revealing we figured him out for syndicate agent.>Go there as you are now>Ask him how he allowed himself into this situation, try to ask if he has any friends or family at all left>if/when he begins asking about who are we to judge him, reveal ourselves as the prince, see if his demeanour changes any>continue to ask him about his relations and if he intends to die as a drunk petty thief, or if he hopes for something better for himselfDepending how much of his petty drunk sovereign citizen persona is an act he might let slip some contacts' names. But I don't think we should be ones to bring up Syndicate, and if he does, ask him to elaborate what it is.
>>4906054support it can be a good plan
>>4906054SupportGlad to see this is back
>>4906054Might as well throw in my support as well. Perhaps we should ask if he happens to know any other Perenoldes, disguise it as just us looking for our siblings?
You waited a moment by pacing in the yard and thinking how would you approach this. You could play a role or you could just use your status as Prince of Alterac as your tool. In the end you decided to go in there like this, wearing your armour and mountain lion pelt.The steps down into the jail were steep and went further than the block where Thrall was held. At the end of the stairs was the jailor's office and Joe, one of the knights, told you that Sir Gravis was waiting for you outside the cell. You thanked Joe and walked past him and entered the cell block.A number of basic cells with large metal bars were empty as were few with heavy wooden doors. At the end of the room stood Sir Gravis."Prince Alric." He greeted you."Sir Gravis." You greeted him and continued. "Do not mention who I am, do not tell anyone what you will hear inside and if there is anyone else inside the cell, please order them away. Did you understand?""Yes sire." Sir Gravis opened the door and quickly told the jailor to scamper off back to his office. As the jailor walked past you and shut the door behind him, you didn’t avert your eyes from Mathias Nogelman. He was sitting on a bench with his arms lazily hanging above his head from chains. His nose and lip was busted and his left eye was swelling slowly shut. The jailor had some fun it seems."Sir Mathias Nogelman, how did you end up like this?""Wah, what." He raised his head. "You lot took me and the jailor beat me. Don't you see.""You did not answer my question. How did you end up as a drunkard and as a petty thief.""Oh, oh. I'm a victim of circumstances. Lost my manor, lost my house, my family is scattered all around Lordaeron." He said and you now noticed his Alteraci accent. "Why do you care, lion knight?"You now realized that he was around mid thirties so he could have lost everything when Alterac was destroyed after the Second War."Fall of Alterac, you drink because of that." You said to him."Yeah drinking is fun and if you had lost everything, you would drink too." Nogelman said. "How did you know it?""Your accent. But that is not the point, how do you finance this drinking? Do you have friends, family or benefactors providing money?" 1/4
>>4906451"No friends, no family. I steal my beer money." He said adamantly, like he was proud as he spit some blood on the ground."You are lying. We know your petty thievery doesn't provide you enough coin for all the beer and alcohol." You said and saw him react to it a bit."I have savings too!" He replied back."Bullshit!" You said to him with a louder voice and took a single step closer. Gravis straightened his back as well. "Alterac fell over six years ago, if you lost everything, anything you still had was drunk away years ago.""How the fuck do you know about it, who the fuck are you even." He said back to you and was clearly agitated."Prince Alric Perenolde, the second heir of Alterac." You said back to him with a firm voice and slightly lifted your chin to look him down better. "And in front of me is a disgraced drunkard petty thief who once was a nobleman of Alterac."Mathias Nogelman tried to mutter something, but couldn't get a voice out of his throat."Now I will ask again, how do you get the extra coin? Answer or do you plan to die as a drunkard?" Nogelman muttered a bit, but finally relented."I see things and hear things. I will write them down and send them as letters.""To where? How do you get the coin?" You pressed him."To Stromgarde, I have a vague address and if the info is good they send a letter back with the coin inside." He sounded quite stressed.So he was an informant just like Kris Legace was and well still is."Who are they? How did you get involved?""I don't know, I met a man in Stromgarde." He insisted and you decided to call his bluff."I know you are lying, tell me the truth." You took another step closer to him and put your gauntleted right hand into a fist."Alright, alright! I will tell you." He said and you took a few steps back and let your posture relax. "I was a miserable piece of shit back then just like I am now. Drinking, brawling, trying to find love with the tavern wenches. And I was out of coin, I had sold my sword and my rings. So this man approached me and talked about a job offer. Well I told him to blow me, but the man was dead serious. He told me that I would be working for Alterac and get a good coin."2/4
>>4906455"And you agreed." You commented."Well yeah after he bought a round. Was better than sleeping in a gutter so I followed the guy. I was led into a cellar and told to sit on a chair. Soon this lady appeared behind a cloth that separated us and recruited me.""How did she recruit you?""She knew my family name, where we had lived and clearly was an Alteraci. She promised that one day Alterac should rise again, but before that they needed information. It was easy to join after all that and a promise of coin.""I ask again, who are they, what did they call themselves." You asked and walked past him."Syndicate, they called themselves Syndicate. I swear by the Holy Light I don't know more. No names, only instructions and the coin if I did my tasks."You had gained confirmation on what Kris Legace had told you. Both Legace and Nogelman were recruited when things weren't going well, they both talked with an unknown woman behind a cloth who told them what to do. The ways of collecting information were a bit similar too."Tell me what do you know about the recent things and events in Durnholde?" You asked him to test him. "Tell me what you would tell to the Syndicate.""Well I told them that there was a war host and they fought gnolls, Blackmoore led the group. And some paladins had joined them." He said after thinking a bit. "Now there is the winter tournament.""Who are the guests?" You asked him a harder question."Hmmm well I saw a trader from Southshore that I knew and there's probably a few nobles here and there." He muttered. "And of course you, I knew you."He didn't really know anything. Not who had participated in the very public expedition, not even who had passed the village to Durnholde and he was clearly lying about you. He didn't recognize you when you started talking with him. As an informant this man is useless. You felt that you had gotten everything you could get out of this man as you placed your gauntleted hands on his shoulders and patted them twice."Sir Mathias Nogelman, thank you for your information." You said and walked past him towards the door."Prince Alric thank you, thank you. I won't tell Syndicate anything, I will stop drinking and be a good man. Thank you my prince." Nogelman frantically were saying as you allowed Gravis to open the cell door as you left the cell.3/4
>>4906460When Gravis had shut the door and locked it, you half collapsed on a bench. You felt exhausted mentally after that talk."Prince Alric, are you alright?" Gravis asked."I never knew talking could be so exhausting." You said to him and after a few quick deep breaths you stood up."Sire, it is not my duty to know about these things, but that did sound very important." He said to you. "I don't know if this Syndicate would like to know that you knew about them, because I don't trust Nogelman to keep his mouth shut after he is released.""Sir Gravis, what are you suggesting?""Well I beg your pardon of our crude ways, but we can make the man disappear, if you know what I mean."You hadn’t expected him to say that. It was true that Syndicate wouldn't like that their existence is being spread around and to you Nogelman seemed just a sacrificial pawn in a bigger game. He had told you what he knew and what more use he could be to you?>Allow the suggestion of Sir Gravis, in a few days Nogelman disappears and is never seen or heard of again.>When Kris Legace returns, tell her that Nogelman is way too drunk, is compromised and has talked to someone about things that shouldn't be talked about. Syndicate will deal with Nogelman.>Nogelman is a wasted drunkard. Leave him be and forget that he exists.>Prepare to take Nogelman with you when you return home, he can work towards reclaimation of Alterac with his own hands.>Other, write in.QM: Whoops a long update, but I felt like I wanted to write that whole thing down. It is nice to see returning players after no thread for a half a year. Also did I say how shit the new captcha is?
>>4906476>>Nogelman is a wasted drunkard. Leave him be and forget that he exists.
>>4906476>When Kris Legace returns, tell her that Nogelman is way too drunk, is compromised and has talked to someone about things that shouldn't be talked about. Syndicate will deal with Nogelman.She could give them a description of how Nogelman looks and tell them that she overhear him talking about the Syndicate while drunk in a tavern. She should also give them some information that contradicts the information Nogelman gave them, further discrediting anything he told the Syndicate. Let them deal with the whole mess, they'll probably just drop him as an informant, it might be too much of hassle to kill him this far from their base of power in the region.Also obligatory new captcha is shit.
>>4906476>Prepare to take Nogelman with you when you return home, he can work towards reclaimation of Alterac with his own hands.I'm not that concerned with him mentioning us to syndicate considering weve already thwarted some of their operations.But his name could be useful to us still, especially if he could pull himself together.
>>4906476>Prepare to take Nogelman with you when you return home, he can work towards reclaimation of Alterac with his own hands.Every extra hand is a step forward into reclaiming alterac.Also new captcha bad.
>>4906543Previous post if ID changes.I just think that taking him with us is going to risk him spying on us. On the other hand we could feed him false information.
>>4906476>Prepare to take Nogelman with you when you return home, he can work towards reclaimation of Alterac with his own hands.>Other, write in."He will be under watch in my lands, i will offer him an honest life of work with other Alteraci, instead of being a compulsive drunkard that drags himself around Durnholde. It s unlikely he will be able to escape, beside this foe as probably it s eyes on me already and they wouldn't value Nogelman that much with him being a drunkard with no hope. Thank you for your offering though Sir Gravis, much appreciated. Is good to know you would have helped me."give an handshake to Sir Gravis
>>4907092Agreed on the risk, plus if we take him, the syndies are gonna know he was busted....Unless we do some elaborate bs and properly turn him.
>>4907092>>4907191going by what we've seen of him he's not really a threat as a spy. And if he decided to continue spying for syndicate we can always feed him false information, though it's questionable how much stock they put in his stuff anyway.
"Thank you for offering to deal with him, but I won’t accept it. I plan to take him with me back to my home." You told Gravis. "If he truly wants to work for the good of Alterac, then he can work for me.""Sire, that is a fine choice." He said back to you. "Still let me be pessimistic, a drunkard doesn't change their way easily.""I am willing to take that bet." You said and chuckled.…When you left the jail, you continued to do some small talk with Sir Gravis as two of you went to eat, it was midday after all. He apparently was from a small village of Knott and was knighted after a successful squire's tourney in Stratholme. Since then he freelanced around Lordaeron for a few years before Lord Blackmoore had hired him two years ago. Here he was joined with Garth and Empleton with Thomas and Joe joining a bit later.Having eaten you still had the afternoon open. Sir Gravis suggested that you should search Nogelman's small hovel for anything that could proof useful, but you thought about sparring in the yard and watching who are arriving to the keep for the tournament. You could also retire back into your room to read your book and study.>Go search Nogelman's hovel if you could find something.>Go do sparring and to watch who are arriving.>Retire into your room early to read your book and study. You have nearly finished it.>Other, write in.QM: Shorter update, was a busy day.
>>4907574>Retire into your room early to read your book and study. You have nearly finished it.
>>4907574>>Go search Nogelman's hovel if you could find something.I'm not having a lot of hopes of any useful clues in there but he may be keeping some sort of memento of his better days hidden there, and IF the guy is going to be shipped off to our settlement without giving him chance to stop by his dwelling we might want to safekeep such a thing so it's not left behind. And give it back to him afterwards naturally.
>>4907574>Go search Nogelman's hovel if you could find something.
>>4907574>Go search Nogelman's hovel if you could find something.If we're going to take him in we might as well be through. The book will be read at some point I swear!
>>4907574>>Go search Nogelman's hovel if you could find something.
Searching the hovel it is. Give me a roll how well it goes.>1d6>Best three
Rolled 2 (1d6)>>4908307
Rolled 6 (1d6)>>4908307
Rolled 1 (1d6)>>4908307
>9You decided to go and search Nogelman's hovel if anything could be found. The ride to the outskirts of the village wasn't that long and after leaving your horses outside, you and Sir Gravis entered the small house.It really was a hovel. There was his shoddy bed, small fireplace on one wall and shelf next to a table on another. Your current room in Durnholde was much bigger than this.As Gravis went through the bed, you searched the shelf. There were a few utensils, a few spare clothes and an empty small beer barrel. There really was nothing important and Gravis didn't find anything at all. You were ready to leave until you heard a creaking sound. One of the planks was loose and after carefully taking it off, a small metal box was found.Inside the box were the letters Nogelman had received from his Syndicate contact. There were mentions of good information, few mentions of him having to do better or no more coin, but no names or anything else that could help you. At least you had proof that he had received coin.At the bottom of the box was a ring that you recognised. A traditional ring made for noblemen of Alterac, two metal strings that twisted around each other. The ring symbolizing how Alterac and her nobility are connected with each other. After all Nogelman actually was a nobleman so you decided to pocket the ring and give it to him later.Gained:>Nogelman's ring of nobleman of Alterac …It was afternoon as you returned back to the keep. You shook the hand of Sir Gravis and thanked him for the help. Gravis reminded that it was you who helped them, what you learned was just a bonus. Having returned to your room, you attempted to start reading the book, but you could really only think about the Syndicate. You were frustrated and put away the book before taking out a piece of paper and starting to write notes about Syndicate and what you knew about it.Your older brother and the first heir of Alterac Aliden Perenolde is alive and is leading the Syndicate. Syndicate was behind the bandit problems of Tarren Mill. It was their plan to kidnap the people and to move them east across the river. The Bloodhill Bandits holding Gallow’s Corner are aligned with Syndicate.Ieastyn and Marcus most likely work for Syndicate, the orange bandana is the sign of that which you learned from Kris Legace. Syndicate has spies and informants around the land to collect information for them and they were recruited by a woman behind a cloth so you could recognise her.This got you thinking about a subject you really haven't thought about. If Aliden is alive, who other relatives of yours are still alive? Garside had told you the rumours that Aliden and your older sister Beve are alive and hiding, but who else? Only your cousin Isiden Perenolde came to your mind. He fled to Gilneas after the Second War and was backed by king Greymane, but since then nothing was heard of him.1/2
>>4908606You had a short break to go eat and take a bath before you continued making notes and planning the eventual return to Alterac. You hadn’t really even noticed how fast time had gone when you heard the now familiar knocks on the door.You gathered your papers and put them away before standing up and going to open the door. There she was again, Taretha in her blue skirt and white blouse."My prince, may I come inside to present these gifts?" Taretha asked you. She was carrying yet another tray of delicacies and wine."More gifts? How blessed I am." You said with a jest. "Please come in."As you let her in, you didn’t notice anyone watching her."There was talk in the keep of you arresting a criminal today." She said to you as she put the tray down."It wasn’t exactly me, I just tagged along as nothing better was going on." You said to her and saw her visibly be disappointed. "Not everything I do is fascinating or adventurous. A lot of mundane things."The small cakes were really good today."Shame, you have now ruined all ideas and images of princes I had." She said and laughed. "Not only saving princesses and fighting dragons.""Sorry for that, though fighting dragons sounds awful."Taretha chuckled and became more serious."Lord Blackmoore has a message for you. Tomorrow most of the remaining important guests arrive so he will be busy, but he will have time just before the start of the feast." She told you. "Lord Blackmoore wants you to make the decision on the deal tomorrow.""Thank you Taretha for delivering the message."Tomorrow would be the day of the feast and the last day before the start of the tournament.…You and Taretha ate the delicacies and talked of what you had done. You of course left out the details of Syndicate, but told about the drunkard nobleman. Meanwhile Taretha's day was very mundane compared to yours.Next morning you managed to wiggle out of the bed without waking up Taretha again. You have become quite good at it in only a few days. As you left for breakfast, you left her to continue sleeping. At breakfast you heard that both Blackmoore and Langston were going to be receiving the last guests and that the doors to the gladiator arena are now open for visiting. You have better part of a day before the meeting with Blackmoore to spend.>Go to Blackmoore and Langston and be around to receive the late coming guests and visitors. >Take advantage of the open gladiator arena and go take a tour of the place.>Blackmoore and Langston are going to be spending the better portion of the day outside, snoop around in his study if you could find something useful.>Just go hang with Sir Graves and the knights, you don't feel like doing much before the meeting.>Other, write in.
>>4908609>Go to Blackmoore and Langston and be around to receive the late coming guests and visitors.
>>4908609>>Go to Blackmoore and Langston and be around to receive the late coming guests and visitors.
You decided to join Blackmoore and Langston at receiving the arriving guests. You thought that maybe you could see or spot people who you should actually know. You decided to eat a bit more before going to take your winter jacket with you. It was still quite early, so you spent some time in your room reading the notes from last evening. …You had waited sometime and decided to leave for the yard. There were already few new arrivals that the servants were helping out of their carts and wagons. You looked around to find Blackmoore, but you only saw Langston. He was talking to one of the servants so you decided to approach him."Good morning Langston." You said to him. "I thought Lord Blackmoore would be here too?""Good morning prince Alric and yes he should have, but he wasn’t feeling well. Thankfully just an upset stomach." Langston said to you."I wish that Lord Blackmoore gets well before the feast and we have the meeting." You said back to him. "Would be awful to have to miss your own feast by being sick.""You are correct in that prince Alric." Langston said back to you.…There were few local noblemen that you introduced yourself to, small time traders, people with some wealth and so on. People that really weren't fascinating at all. The headsman of the nearby village thanked you for getting Nogelman into jail at least for a few days.Group of noblemen of Stromgarde accepted your greetings, but you saw how annoyed they were that you were here. You saw one person you knew and you exchanged a few words with him. Captain Reginald of the Hillsbrads Regional Defenders was here. He apparently was a regular visitor to these gladiator tournaments.Finally as the early afternoon was arriving, an interesting guest arrived to the Durnholde Keep. A small group of heavily armoured dwarfs in black plate mail escorted a pair of dwarven wagons. You didn’t immediately realize, but these dwarfs were actually Dark Iron dwarfs, not the ones from Ironforge.From one of the wagons came out a dwarf in black clothing, he had skin of light grey like that of ash and two bright red eyes that looked like they were burning embers. The dwarf gave commands to the guards before turning towards you as Langston was speaking somewhere else. The dwarf started walking towards you."Greetings human. Whom am I talking with?" He asked with his deep voice."I am prince Alric Perenolde, the second heir of Alterac." You answered him."Son of the Traitor King." He said with some surprise in his voice before continuing "Greetings prince Alric, I am Garrick Blacksteel and my profession is that of a miner and a trader.""Pleasure to meet you master Blacksteel." You said and gave a small bow. "Coming here to enjoy the tournament or trying to get a deal done with Lord Blackmoore?""To sell arms and armour." He said and boasted. "Our forges are the best in the known world."1/2
>>4909774>Can you show your wares?>You mentioned mining, are you trying to find a new mine to open?>I must be honest, I have never seen Dark Iron dwarfs before, can you tell me more about you?>Other, write in.
>>4909774>>You mentioned mining, are you trying to find a new mine to open?
>>4909776>Can you show your wares?>You mentioned mining, are you trying to find a new mine to open?
>>4909776>>You mentioned mining, are you trying to find a new mine to open?>>Can you show your wares?
>>4909776>You mentioned mining, are you trying to find a new mine to open?
"Master Blacksteel, you also mentioned that you were a miner. Are you trying to find a new mine to operate?""Yes and no young prince." Garrick Blacksteel said to you. "Blackrock Mountain provides us with everything we Dark Irons need, but knowing where there are mines doesn't hurt at all. Do you know about mines of any sort?""I have a silver and lead mine under my control and I am opening an iron mine." You told him."Silver is good, but can't be forged into weapons or armour. Iron is much better, but will lose to what our home provides." He boasted and continued. "Striking the earth is an honest business. Young prince, have you ever mined and collected something to make a weapon or tool to use?""Once I did go and make a new handle for a hatchet, that is probably the closest." You said after thinking a bit."And then every time you hit the log, you knew to feel prideful for your own tools. I made this thing that provides me. That is the best in life." Blacksteel said with a laugh before becoming serious. "But I am not here to just have a pleasant conversation.""Ahh yes, to make a deal of some sort with Lord Blackmoore." You said to him."Yes and I am thinking that a young prince like you would know more about Lord Blackmoore. What is he like, what should I know before talking to him?"Choose one or how many you like:Lord Blackmoore is…>Wealthy>Smart>Successful >Prideful>Arrogant>Drunkard>Temperamental >Ruthless>Choose not to describe Lord Blackmoore
>>4910066>Lord Blackmoore is a practical man of impressive ambition and allows little to deter him from pursuing his passion.(or in other words he is ruthless, prideful and temperamental though I'd rather not use these words where they can be relayed to him.)
>>4910086I'll support this as well.
"Lord Blackmoore is a practical man of impressive ambition and allows little to deter him from pursuing his passion." You said after thinking a bit. You wanted to call him ruthless, prideful and temperamental, but decided to choose somewhat softer words."Thank you young prince. I plan to take your words in account when I meet him. But now I will beg my leave, there are things for me to do." Garrick Blacksteel said and gave you a deep bow before he walked back to their wagons to set up their small camp within the walls of Durnholde.…For a some time new guests did arrive and Langston appeared back in the yard after apparently escorting a guest into their room. At that point both of you took a break and quickly went to eat in the mess hall. You didn’t really mind welcoming guests, but by the Light it was very boring after meeting yet another uninterested nobleman or a rich burgher.When you two returned from your quick dinner you saw that Kris Legace had returned and was haggling with one of the clerks. You decided to ditch Langston for a moment as you went to talk to Legace."Good afternoon miss Legace. You did come back before the feast.""Good afternoon prince Alric. And yes I did and I have things to sell if just this clerk would buy them." The clerk gave you an annoyed look."I have more wine and food to sell. You want the feast to be successful and both Lord Blackmoore and prince Alric to be happy, don't you?" Legace told the clerk.Finally the clerk relented and bought what Kris Legace had brought with her. With a smile and a pouch full of coin Legace sent the clerk away and ordered a few passing workers to unload her cart."Now that this is done, how may I serve you prince Alric?""Well, do you have anything special for sale?" You asked her."I might have something that might interest you. One moment please." She said and went digging into her cart. From underneath boots and spare gloves, which she said that she had done by herself, she lifted a small box and something wrapped in leather. She opened the box and inside it was a small empty vial and she unwrapped the leather to reveal a scroll."Blessed Vial of Water and Scroll of Confusion." She said and started to explain. "The vial is blessed to purify the water inside it. When you drink it, you feel fortified and strengthened with exhaustion leaving your body, at least somewhat. The vial isn't that big, but I have tested it and it works.""And the scroll confuses people?" You asked."Precisely. The mage who sold it to me said that by opening the scroll towards your opponents, it will confuse them and makes them unable to effectively fight against you." She explained and finished. "So what do you think?"You have 2 Wealth saved>Blessed Vial of Water, 1 Wealth>Scroll of Confusion, 1 Wealth>None, save the Wealth
>>4910864Hmm... the vial is an interesting piece of equipment that could help us pass an endurance check at some point, though I can't rightly imagine where we'd be put in situation where we needed it; but such is nature of adventure. Thrall could use it to great effect in his line of work if we were inclined to obtain it for him but it would raise questions where he got it. Unless we gave it to Blackmoore himself, he would probably not say no to getting his champion a cheat item.The scroll of confusion is a consumable that could turn table in a fight we entered at disadvantage which could conceivably happen to us wherever we go somewhere with smaller entourage... decisions, decisions...I think I'd go for>Scroll of Confusion
>>4910864actually, hell with it, let's do it.changing from >>4910926 to this:>but both for 2 wealthWhen Blackmoore makes his offer again we'll offer him the vial as an acknowledgment of his "hospitality". This will please the man, hopefully makes him show more restraint when handling Taretha and make it more difficult for him to drive Thrall ragged.Additionally, if he or Langston feel so inclined and we end up taking the deal they can instead of accepting the vial as favour use it to mask the bribe that would otherwise put a potentially noticeable dent in his finance.
>>4910864>>Scroll of Confusion, 1 WealthWe could build a better weapon or armor for us from the dwarfs here.
>>4910945Will comment that if Blackmoore is ready to spend 20 Wealth on a bribe, what would he really think about a gift worth 1 Wealth? To him the vial would be just a trinket and he could relatively easily get similar and/or better with his own sources. He is a rich man.
>>4911368Fair point. And he might abuse it taking advantage of it anyway.Switching back to just the scroll.>>4910926
>>4910864>>None, save the WealthI don't think it's worth it to spend our money on random trinkets. We should save our wealth for building up Alterac. We'll also soon have to buy a new set of armour from that blacksmith in Southshore. The Masterwork plate would be far better for our survivability than a scroll we can only use once.
>>4910864>Blessed Vial of Water, 1 WealthA reusable item that can help us out in a pinch? If there ever was a sound personal investment, this is one.
>>4911690Furthermore, we can probably share it with our officers and maybe even our soldiers to help make longer marches more bearable
>>4910864>Blessed Vial of WaterIt just cost one wealth and is reusable, i guess it could be useful if we have to fight for an extended period of time.
I need a tiebreaker, 2 for scroll and 2 for vial. Otherwise I will roll a dice before I start writing later.
>>4911950Vial. Because of tournament. Its not a single use item right?
>>4911984It is reusable, but takes some time to purify and bless the water so it can't be spammed.
>>4910864Let's go vial.
"I will take the vial, it seems to be more useful in the long run." You said to Legace."A very good decision prince Alric. The vial will end up handy sooner or later." She said back.By how often you end up fighting, that is most likely true.You have 1 Wealth saved.Gained:>Blessed Vial of Water…Rest of the afternoon went quickly as most guests had already arrived and you decided to head in. Langston reminded you that they were going to send a servant to inform you when the meeting would happen. That in mind you decided to take an early bath and to generally clean yourself. You shaved the short stubble that had grown in the past few days and combed your hair well. You also checked your clothing to be in best possible shape and changed a fresh clean shirt on.And then you waited.…It took Blackmoore and Langston some time to send the servant to fetch you. When the knocking came, you practically jumped up before slowing down to check your clothes and opening the door. The servant told you to follow him and you walked the short distance to the study behind him. Reaching the door the servant opened it for you and you stepped in."Good evening prince Alric." Said Blackmoore. He was sitting behind the large table which had a small pile of papers on top of it. "Don't mind the mess, it has been a busy day. Please sit down.""It is my pleasure Lord Blackmoore." You greeted him and took a chair next to the table."Langston, can you bring the chest." Blackmoore said and continued. "And the wine."You watched as Langston brought the chest full of 'encouragement' to the table and allowed Blackmoore to open it before going to fetch wine for both of you. After you had received your cup, Blackmoore spoke to you."Prince Alric, I know we don't necessarily see things eye to eye, but I wish that the last week has made you to see the benefits of the deal offered." Blackmoore said and continued. "But if you were to decline again, Langston here has made me understand the reasoning better.""Thank you Lord Blackmoore for your hospitality. I have seen much and learned a lot about your work and Durnholde in general." You said back to him."The feast starts soon and I know neither of us care much for useless chit-chat now, so to keep this short will you take the deal?1/2
>>4912533Durnholde deal offer:>Lord Blackmoore is ready to pay you 1 Wealth per 20 soldiers. Durnholde provides upkeep and you can recall the men at the start of each season.>Accept the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and be prepared to provide at least 20 soldiers at the start of spring season for multiple seasons.>Decline the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and the deal. You need those men yourself.Current amount of troops available:20 Veteran Footmen20 Regular Kul Tiran Swashbucklers10 Veteran Stromgarde Guards20 Regular ArchersOn deployment:10 Regular Footmen and 10 Regular Archers hired by Tarren Mill for 1 Wealth per season for several seasons.Total Resources1 Wealth, +9 per Season12 Supplies, +2 per Season5 PeasantsQM: The Deal. All available details of the deal have been discussed in previous updates and QM posts. Will give this plenty of time.
>>4912534Well, I still have some misgivings about handing our men under his command but since we've learned he really does need those forces and the marginally more competent Langston will be handling them for most part anyway, and because I want to know where OP is going with this plot hook I'm inclined to>Accept the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and be prepared to provide at least 20 soldiers at the start of spring season for multiple seasons.which leads into an issue which men we are going to send him.I'm assuming archers are not first choice for policing purposes which leaves regular Kul Tourists or veteran footmen... unless we get a chance to draft more before spring comes along but that seems unlikely. I'm guessing we'll have to assign our veterans to this since Kul Tirans would stand out if we go by their characteristic looks and speech.
>>4912534>>Accept the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and be prepared to provide at least 20 soldiers at the start of spring season for multiple seasons.We can just train new troops when we return to Alterac.
>>4912533>Decline the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and the deal. You need those men yourself.We never saw the camp firsthand so we don't truly know if they are needed and with how he treated his own troops(with Langston commanding them and staying behind while his troops still fought) No thanks.
>>4912562There's one little issue with that. We don't really have much in the way of peasants to train at the moment, so we're kinda limited in terms of manpower. At the same time though, I suppose this would help us afford an improved blacksmith to get our troops better equipment instead. Quality over Quantity. I'm kinda at a loss.Hey QM? I'm not immedietly suggesting it, but would it be possible to try to haggle for some form of insurance to discourage him from just throwing our men at danger for personal glory?
>>4912699We can ask for an impromptu tour right now....>>4912534Kind of feel like we've strong armed ourselves in this position.Regardless of if we do accept or not, maybe we say afterwards we never slept with the serving girl?>>4912534>Accept the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and be prepared to provide at least 20 soldiers at the start of spring season for multiple seasons.We can also rotate out the men every season if we must and have their faces covered in full helmets.
>>4912766Yeah no, i don't think we can Convince or encorage him to not kill our men, we don't have much in the way of stopping him with doing wharever he wants with them.>>4912812i don't think blackmoore will be happy if we keep delaying the deal and he will get angry if we tell him we didn't sleep with her mistress, i am sure he will take it as an offence as if we think we are better than him for sleeping with a peasant.>have their faces covered in full helmetsIt is pointless to hide the deal as we have a silver hand paladin in our camp that will see the men marching toward durnholde everytime we rotate them, also pretty hard to hide their accent.And it would get out at some point, i don't think we can hide such thing from the king even if they are not actively keeping an eye on us.
>>4912871It would help prevent easy recognition....If that were the case then wouldn't Blackmore know that and not offer us the deal due to the high chance of discovery?
>>4912534>>Accept the 'encouragement' of 20 Wealth and be prepared to provide at least 20 soldiers at the start of spring season for multiple seasons.we will wait for some time before going to conquer again. Even with new units recruited, we aren t likely to have enough men for larger fights.
>>4913111Because he doesn't care about it, if someone questions him, he can just say that we convinced him to give us the money in exchange of a few men he so much needs, it is the word of the man that is keeping the internement camps vs the son a traitor king, who are they going to believe? he can easily shift blame and turn it to profit.I just don't think it is worth it limiting our actions and face unknown consecuences for 4 seasons worth of wealth.
>>4913241If we were to actively request the bribe Blackmoore could just laugh in our face and the King knows as much. Blackmoore did say he doesn't want it to be known he could pay more of his personal budget into the camp operation. And we do know he needs the extra men from what we heard during our stay.The issue of bribe however does create an issue for when someone like Uther asks us about the treasure. Do we tell him exactly what happened, or do we lie to him? Or do we drop hints so that he knows what happened but can deny without outright lying to his liege?If we do go through with the deal we certainly should agree on the story regarding the money. A belated gift in recognition of our support in the gnoll campaign? A wager won over tournament outcome?We do have solid reasons for wanting to support Blackmoore - Durnholde is a neighbor and any incident with Orc containment will be a threat to Alterac. And our support could forestall a tax hike or potential problems for rest of alliance. Pretty much nobody has any reason to object to this arrangement.
>>4913241I really doubt he's going to use it to throw us under the bus like that after all the trouble he went through just to get us to this point.>>4913316We can ask for the cash after the tournament and to be part of our "winnings' to tie and blend the truth close enough do confuse and obfuscate the backdealing a bit.We are interested in the stability and security of the region so its not too much of a stretch to want the camps secure.
"Firstly I want to thank you for the hospitality and the gifts." You said to Blackmoore. "Secondly, thanks to Langston I now see this deal in a much better light. So I will agree and Alterac will provide twenty soldiers at the start of the spring."Lord Blackmoore practically jumped out of his seat when he heard that."That was a fine decision prince Alric. One of many that will follow." He said with enthusiasm and walked to you which forced you to stand up. "This will solve so many problems and it will get some of the pressure of the Alliance off our backs."Langston poured both of you new cups of wine and attempted to serve them."No wine, not now Langston. Get the brandy, the new stuff the trader girl brought." Blackmoore commanded and in moments Langston came back with two small glasses that had the Alteraci Brandy Kris Legace had sold to Durnholde a few days ago."To the prosperity of Durnholde and Alterac." Blackmoore said and raised his glass."Alterac Stands and so does Durnholde." You answered and raised yours.And then two of you downed the glasses.
>>4913871Bit shorter update, but I think that is the best spot to end this thread. We reached an important point in the early plot and most importantly the thread is at page 9. New thread most likely tomorrow or in a few days. The Alric Stats and Social pastebin has also been updated.Generally speaking I feel like I am approaching the level of writing I did previously with this thread, but as usual I am quite critical of myself regarding pacing and few other small things. Either way I hope that all readers had fun and I need to thank the players for voting and rolling. Without you this quest wouldn't happen.The thread is archived and I will try to remember to use Twitter to inform when updates have happened. And as always if you have questions or anything, go ahead and ask.Twitter: https://twitter.com/MedivhQM/qst/ Archive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Alterac%20Resurgent%20QuestPrince Alric Stats: https://pastebin.com/rysxdRsvQuest Mechanisms: https://pastebin.com/CyD88qqf
>>4913875Thanks for the thread OP! It was great fun, as always!
>>4913875No worries about the pacing, and the writing has been reasonable consistent, thanks for the run.